Governor Kathy Hochul announced a major investment of $325 million in grants for clean water infrastructure projects across New York State. This funding, part of the State’s Water Infrastructure Improvement and Intermunicipal Grant programs, aligns with commitments made in the 2024 State of the State address, focusing on aiding small, rural, and disadvantaged communities.
The grants will support local governments in improving their water systems, ensuring safe and clean water for all New Yorkers. This initiative is a key step in creating jobs and boosting the local economy. The funding will also help address the challenges of outdated water infrastructure and the threat of emerging contaminants like PFAS.
Enhancements to the grant programs include increasing support for small rural communities, expanding resources for equitable access to funding, and protecting drinking water by increasing awards for projects addressing contaminants.
Applications for these grants will open on February 5, with full eligibility criteria available on the Environmental Facilities Corporation’s website. This move reinforces New York’s commitment to modernizing its water infrastructure, prioritizing public health, and safeguarding natural resources.
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