Governor Cuomo Announces $60.7 Million to Upgrade Local Drinking Water and Wastewater Systems Across New York
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that $60.7 million in grants, in addition to interest-free and low-cost loans, have been approved by the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation Board of Directors to support vital drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects across New York. The Board's approval includes nearly $8.4 million in grants awarded under the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act.
"This funding is critical for communities in every corner of the state and will help protect public health, preserve our natural resources, and lay the groundwork for future growth," Governor Cuomo said. "Upgrading aging infrastructure is top priority, and this funding will help communities rebuild for a stronger, healthier and more sustainable New York."
To date, $225 million in WIIA grants have leveraged over $1 billion in total project costs for over 120 projects across New York State. These grants combined with low or no-interest loans have resulted in over $629 million in taxpayer savings.
Additionally, this year under the $2.5 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017, $255 million in additional funding was made available for vital drinking water and wastewater infrastructure upgrades.
The grants approved today, along with the interest-free and low-interest loans provided by EFC allow municipalities to finance these projects at a significantly lower rate than financing on their own.
The projects approved at the August 10 meeting include:
Town of Prattsville (Greene County) - $1.45 million, including an $872,672 Drinking Water Grant and a $581,782 zero-interest loan for the development of a new groundwater well to provide required source redundancy for the water system.
City of Rensselaer (Rensselaer County) - $11.9 million, including a $3 million WIIA grant and a $6.65 million zero-interest loan for the City to acquire a portion of the water storage tank and pump station facilities previously constructed and financed by the Rensselaer Water and Sewer Authority. In addition, severely aged and undersized water distribution mains will be replaced throughout the City.
Central New York
City of Cortland (Cortland County) - $4.8 million, including a $995,725 Clean Water grant, $837,374 Green Innovation grant, and a $3 million zero-interest loan to finance costs associated with the planning, design and construction of sanitary sewer and storm collection system replacements along Clinton Avenue in the City of Cortland.
Village of Phoenix (Oswego County) - $926,396 including a $318,657 WIIA grant, and a $607,739 zero-interest loan to connect to the Metropolitan Water Board's water supply. This project will construct a new pump station and interconnection with MWB for Surface Water Treatment Rule compliance.
City of Syracuse (Onondaga County) - A $679,440 WIIA grant to replace the 36-inch piping and deteriorated pipe bridge used to cross a 100-foot-wide gully for one of the supply lines from Skaneateles Lake near the village of Camillus.
Village of Geneseo (Livingston County) - A $2 million zero-interest loan to finance costs associated with the planning, design and construction of wastewater treatment plant improvements.
Village of Naples (Ontario County) - $7.3 million, including a $1.5 million WIIA grant, a $4.95 million zero-interest loan, and a $250,000 low-interest loan to finance costs associated with the planning, design and construction of the Main Street Corridor Wastewater Collection and Treatment System.
Town of Fallsburg (Sullivan County) - $8.6 million, including a $2.1 million WIIA grant, a $4 million zero-interest loan and a $2.5 million low-interest loan to finance costs associated with the planning, design and construction to upgrade the Town of Fallsburg's South Fallsburg Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Village of Sharon Springs (Schoharie County) - $1.6 million, including a $409,900 WIIA grant and a $1.2 million zero-interest loan to finance costs associated with the design and construction of improvements to Sharon Springs' wastewater collection and treatment facilities.
City of Ogdensburg (St. Lawrence County) - A $20 million zero interest loan to finance costs associated with the design and construction of wastewater treatment plant and pump station improvements.
Town of Roxbury (Delaware County) - A $1 million low-interest loan for source, pumping, distribution, storage and treatment improvements. This work includes new and upgraded controls, electrical systems, backup power and chemical feed systems; replacement of aged valves, hydrants, undersized water mains and a new storage tank mixing system and rehabilitation of the storage tank.
Western New York
Town of Clarence (Erie County) - A $336,806 WIIA grant associated with the design and construction of the Clarence Hollow Pollution Abatement Project.
Environmental Facilities Corporation President and CEO Sabrina M. Ty said, "EFC's ongoing assistance to New York State's communities, strengthens their water infrastructure and provides the support necessary as they undertake vital water-quality protection projects at the lowest possible cost. Under Governor Cuomo's leadership we have ramped up this financial assistance to help communities across the State move forward in an expeditious manner."
Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner and Environmental Facilities Corporation Chair Basil Seggos said, "Many of New York's municipalities are eager to upgrade and improve their drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, but the costs of doing so are prohibitive. Governor Cuomo recognizes these fiscal challenges and is working to resolve them by providing creative financial solutions that will strengthen and safeguard water quality infrastructure across New York State."
Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said, "Ensuring access to clean drinking water is critical to the health and well-being of all New Yorkers. I applaud Governor Cuomo for his continued commitment to investing in water infrastructure projects and protecting our most valuable resource."
New York State leads the nation with the largest annual investment in water-quality infrastructure of any state. Since 2011, EFC has provided more than $11.5 billion in subsidized loans, grants and loan re-financings to local governments.