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Auburn Gets $91M for Wastewater Plant Upgrades

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Auburn has been awarded $91 million in federal and state funding to upgrade its aging wastewater treatment plant. This includes a $25 million grant, $41.5 million in interest-free financing, and $16.5 million in market-rate financing from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, plus a $9 million state grant.

Built in 1935 and last updated in the 1990s, the plant will receive significant improvements to its wastewater treatment infrastructure and biosolids processing. Mayor Jimmy Giannettino said the upgrades will help manage sludge more efficiently by drying it for reuse instead of sending it to landfills.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Governor Kathy Hochul highlighted the importance of this funding in protecting local waterways and reducing costs for residents.