August 17, 2016
By Stephanie West
Albany, NY – New York State will be providing an additional $29.7 million in grants to support 18 critical municipal water infrastructure projects in the North Country.
These grants are part of the second round of NYS Water Grants funded through the state’s Water Infrastructure Improvement Act.
“Investing in water infrastructure improvements it key to fostering growth for local communities in the North Country and across New York,” Governor Cuomo said. “These grants will make necessary upgrades to replace aging infrastructure while easing the burdens on local property tax levies and literally laying the groundwork for the future."
These projects primarily include the planning, design and construction or enhancement of treatment plants, pump stations, sewer systems and equipment, as well as upgrades and replacements for drinking water systems, filtration plants and water mains.
Senate Majority Leader John J. Flanagan said, “Communities throughout New York are faced with aging water infrastructure that hurts the economy, the environment, and our residents’ quality of life. These funds will help municipalities support projects that address the issues caused by weak or failing equipment so that our water is cleaner and our state is able to support increased economic growth that will create new jobs. I am proud of the Senate's role in creating and expanding this important program, and it will continue to be a priority of our chamber."
This additional funding allowed the Environmental Facilities Corporation to broaden eligibility for wastewater projects and provide a total of $175 million in grants for round two.
Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie said, “These grants represent our commitment to ensuring that New Yorkers have the highest quality water possible to protect not only public health, but the environment as well.”