$232 million approved for water infrastructure; new applications due by Sept. 9

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New York Construction Report staff writer

More than $232 million has been announced for seven municipalities for drinking water and sewer infrastructure projects that are crucial to protecting public health and the environment.

Grants and low-cost financing approved by the NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation Board of Directors will help pay for water infrastructure projects totaling more than $763 million. Visit EFC’s website to learn more about water infrastructure funding opportunities. Funding applications must be submitted by Sept. 9.

“In far too many communities, critical water infrastructure has been left to fall into disrepair, but here in New York we are taking action to protect the health and well-being of New Yorkers,” Governor Kathy Hochul said.

“This $232 million infrastructure investment for wastewater treatment and public water systems will help our partners in local government make substantial investments to improve water infrastructure and furthers the State’s commitment to improving water quality today and far into the future – creating a healthier, more prosperous New York for generations to come.”

About $200 million in interest-free financing has been approved for three wastewater treatment plant projects in Long Island that improve resiliency and water quality.

The Board’s approvals include financings through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) and grants already announced pursuant to the Water Infrastructure Improvement (WIIA) program.

Clean water project funding approved:

  • City of Kingston in Ulster County – $6,184,958 in short-term, interest-free financing and a $1,975,000 WIIA grant for wastewater treatment plant upgrades.
  • Nassau County – $47,500,000 in short-term, interest-free financing, $47,500,000 in short-term, market-rate financing and $26,812,500 in long-term, interest-free financing to plan, design and construct effluent flow diversions from the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant to the Cedar Creek Water Pollution Control Plant. The project will provide resiliency, flood mitigation and improve water quality in Reynolds Channel.
  • Village of Lowville in Lewis County – $10,809,000 in long-term, interest-free financing to rehabilitate deteriorated sanitary sewers and to install a new stormwater collection and conveyance system.
  • Suffolk County – $81,624,796 in long-term, interest-free financing to replace the effluent outfall that extends from the Bergen Point Wastewater Treatment Plant to the Jones Beach barrier island beneath the Great South Bay.
  • Village of Vernon in Oneida County – $5,212,500 in long-term, interest-free financing and $750,000 WIIA grant to design and construct wastewater treatment plant improvements.

Drinking water project funding approved

  • Village of South Dayton in Cattaraugus County – $1,401,900 in short-term, interest-free financing and $1,823,100 grant from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund for well source improvements, groundwater treatment improvements, treatment tank rehabilitation, replacement of approximately 4,200 feet of distribution mains and the replacement of approximately 250 water meters.
  • Village of Philadelphia in Jefferson County – $683,400 WIIA grant to construct a water treatment building, to connect and improve a groundwater production well, and water main installation.

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