Drinking water projects across New York get $40 million

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New York Construction Report staff writer

More than $40.3 million has been announced for water infrastructure projects to upgrade water and sewer systems and reduce water pollution across New York.

The Environmental Facilities Corporation Board previously approved low-cost financing and grants needed to get shovels in the ground.

“Communities need financial support to help them undertake critical water infrastructure improvement projects, Gov. Kathleen Hochul said in a statement. “The funding announced today will help municipalities modernize their drinking water and wastewater infrastructure and improve water quality and public health in their communities.”

The Albany Municipal Water Finance Authority will receive funding from the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for drinking water infrastructure including a $1.3 million grant and $1.8 million short-term interest free financing. This funding is in addition to a $3 million state water grant and will be used to modernize aging infrastructure at three facilities – Feura Bush Filtration Plant, Pine Bush Pump Station, and Loudonville Reservoir.

“The grants and financings approved today by the EFC Board will help make these projects affordable and help ensure that financial barriers don’t prevent communities from undertaking vital projects that protect public health and the environment,” said Maureen A. Coleman, New York State Environmental Facilities corporation president and CEO.

Approved projects:

  • Albany Municipal Water Finance Authority – $725,000 WIIA grant for sanitary sewer system upgrades to mitigate combined sewer overflows in the City of Albany.
  • Town of Gorham in Ontario County – $135,825 short-term interest-free financing, $673,625 short-term market-rate financing and $90,550 WIIA grant for the planning, design and construction of an effluent disinfection system at the town’s wastewater treatment facility.
  • Town of Harrison in Westchester County – $1.8 million WIIA grant to survey and rehabilitate the town’s wastewater collection system to eliminate sanitary sewer overflows to Long Island Sound.

Approved drinking water projects:

  • Albany Municipal Water Finance Authority – $1.8 million short-term interest-free financing, and $1.3 million grant, from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law General Supplemental funds and $3 million WIIA grant to modernize aging infrastructure at the Feura Bush Filtration Plant, the Pine Bush Pump Station, and the Loudonville Reservoir.
  • Town of Ellicottville in Cattaraugus County – $1.3 million short-term interest-free financing, $2.7 million short-term market-rate financing, and $3 million WIIA grant to install back-up power generators at all wells and booster pump stations, replace two water storage tanks and aged transmission and distribution mains, and to make software and safety improvements.
  • Village of Garden City in Nassau County – $5.3 million WIIA grant to install new equipment at the Clinton Road Plant for the treatment of emerging contaminants.
  • Town of Gorham in Ontario County – $5 million short-term market-rate financing and $3 million WIIA grant to upgrade the existing water treatment facility to an ultrafiltration plant with GAC filtration to ensure proper treatment of source water to address Harmful Algae Blooms, PFOA/PFOS and high turbidity.
  • Jericho Water District in Nassau County – $3 million WIIA grant to construct a packed tower aeration system to treat concentrations of Freon-22 at Wells No. 6 and 16 to below the maximum contaminant level.
  • Town of New Haven in Oswego County – $925,000 WIIA grant to install approximately 46,200 feet of 8-inch water main to connect the Town of New Haven to the Town of Scriba and extend service to 101 properties currently on residential wells. Hydrants, gate valves, and service meters will also be installed.
  • Plainview Water District in Nassau County – $5.4 million WIIA grant to install new equipment at Plant No. 7 for the treatment of emerging contaminants.
  • Town of Warrensburg in Warren County – $496,700 short-term market-rate financing and $745,050 WIIA grant to replace the 12-inch transmission main that connects the water storage tank to the distribution system and replace the isolation valve and valve vault.

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