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Major water infrastructure funding coming to Finger Lakes region: Where are the projects?

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Governor Kathy Hochul has unveiled a major $479 million investment for water infrastructure improvement projects in every region of New York, marking a significant step in enhancing the state’s water systems. This funding includes the first disbursements from the $4.2 billion Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act of 2022.

This initiative, expanded by $1 billion under Governor Hochul’s administration, aims to empower municipalities to implement critical water quality projects. These projects are crucial for public health, environmental protection, climate resilience, and economic growth. The grants, managed by the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation in coordination with the Departments of Health and Environmental Conservation, are expected to save local ratepayers approximately $1.3 billion and generate 24,000 jobs. The investment reflects New York’s commitment to modernizing its aging water and sewer infrastructure.

In her announcement, Governor Hochul emphasized the importance of ensuring access to clean and safe water for all New Yorkers, outlining the benefits of the investment. This includes safeguarding drinking water for millions, reducing costs for residents, and creating job opportunities.

Nearly $450 million of the total funding is awarded through the State’s Water Infrastructure Improvement (WIIA) and Intermunicipal Grant (IMG) programs, supported by Governor Hochul’s substantial commitment and the Environmental Bond Act. Additionally, $30 million is allocated for the State’s Septic System Replacement Program, managed by the Department of Environmental Conservation and the EFC. This program aims to assist homeowners and small businesses in upgrading to more environmentally effective septic systems. The comprehensive funding package demonstrates New York’s proactive approach to addressing the challenges of water infrastructure, prioritizing the health and well-being of its communities and the environment.

What about local projects? Here’s a look!

  • Town of Bath: $1,249,790 for Lake Salubria and Kanona Collection System Study
  • Town of Brutus: $858,000 for Water District No 11
  • Village of Canisteo: $1,097,750 for Disinfection System and Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements
  • Town of Cohocton: $2,189,796 for Water System Improvements
  • Village of Dresden: $4,162,722 for Water System Improvements
  • Town of Elbridge: $5 Million for V) Elbridge, (T) Elbridge, (V) Jordan Joint Water System Improvements
  • Village of Elbridge: $5 Million for (V) Elbridge, (T) Elbridge, (V) Jordan Joint Water System Improvements
  • Town of Erwin: $2,712,923 for Wastewater Treatment Plant & Route 417 Sewer Improvement
  • Town of Fayette: $1,080,000 for Water District No 8 Phase 2
  • Village of Jordan: $9,485,200 for NYS Route 5/East Brutus Street Sewer Extension
  • Town of Lyons: $804,655 for Disinfection Project
  • Town of Milo: $366,000 for Water District No 4.
  • Town of Owasco: $625,000 for Sewer District No 1 & Reduction Phase 1
  • Town of Phelps: $352,296 for Marbletown – White Road Water District Improvements & Proposed Extension
  • Village of Phelps: $3,348,033 for Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade Project
  • Town of Romulus: $178,483 for I & I Improvements
  • Town of Romulus: $714,817 for Willard Water District Improvement.
  • Village of Rushville: $150,000 for Water Treatment Plant Improvements
  • Town of Seneca Falls: $5 Million for 2024 Water System Improvements
  • Village of Sodus: $67,717 for UV Disinfection Plant
  • Town of Victor: $702,750 for Sewer Pump Station Improvements
  • Village of Weedsport: $5 Million for Weedsport Water System Improvements
  • Village of Wolcott: $5 Million for Water Treatment Plant Upgrades