Governor announces $70 million for critical water infrastructure

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New York State Construction Report staff writer

Gov. Kathy Hochul has announced over $70 million for water infrastructure improvement projects across New York State.

“New York State is committed to providing communities with the resources needed to take action on critical water infrastructure projects that prevent exposure and health risks,” Governor Hochul said. “The grants and financings approved by the Environmental Facilities Corporation Board will leverage even greater local investments to help ensure our communities in every corner of New York have access to clean, safe water.”

Highlights of the funding include grants to treat emerging contaminants above the state-determined maximum contaminant level (MCL), including $16.2 million to the Suffolk County Water Authority for 11 drinking water projects and a $2 million grant to the Manhasset Lakeville Water District in Nassau County.

Two critical sewer projects are also approved with state grants and funding from the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) totalling more than $7 million for the City of Watervliet in Albany County and over $2.5 million for the Village of Sidney in Delaware County.

“New York State continues to be proactive in upgrading our clean water infrastructure, which is a top priority for creating healthy, sustainable and resilient communities,” said New York State Secretary of State Robert J. Rodriguez. “The $70 million investment available for financial assistance for water and sewer improvement projects across the state will offer the necessary resources to help reduce the potential risks to public health, benefit our communities and strengthen the New York’s environment and economy for generations to come.”

Funded projects:

  • Village of Florida in Orange County – $54,540 WIIA grant for the planning, design, and construction of a new effluent disinfection system at the wastewater treatment plant.
  • Village of Avon in Livingston County – $600,000 short-term interest free financing, $1,000,000 short-term market rate financing and $200,000 WIIA grant for the planning, design, and construction of disinfection improvements at the wastewater treatment plant.
  • Town of Seneca Falls in Seneca County – $5,130,000 short-term interest free financing and $1,710,000 WIIA grant for the planning, design, and construction of a new excess flow tank at the Seneca Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  • City of Watervliet in Albany County – $875,000 short-term interest free financing and $2,549,000 grant from BIL General Supplemental Funds, $2,500,000 short-term market rate financing, and $1,248,141 WIIA grant for the planning, design, and construction of a combined sewer overflow elimination project.
  • Village of Sidney in Delaware County – $565,312 short-term interest free financing and $887,469 from BIL General Supplemental Funds, $565,313 CWSRF grant and $565,313 WIIA grant for the planning, design, and construction of wastewater treatment facility upgrades.
  • Village of Corinth in Saratoga County – $12,423,597 long-term interest-free financing for wastewater treatment plant replacement and collection system rehabilitation.
  • Town of Bethel in Sullivan County – $2,474,520 long-term interest-free financing to rehabilitate and replace portions of the sanitary sewer collection system serving the Kauneonga Lake Sewer District.
  • Village of Alden in Erie County – $4,961,891 long-term interest-free financing for sanitary sewer and wastewater treatment plant improvements.
  • City of Oswego in Oswego County – $7,436,058 long-term interest-free financing to plan, design and construct electrical, mechanical and software upgrades at the city’s two wastewater treatment plants.
  • City of Troy in Rensselaer County – $4,800,652 long-term interest-free financing for combined sewer overflow abatement projects in the Cities of Troy, Albany, and Cohoes in support of the Albany Pool Combined Sewer Overflow Long Term Control Plan.
  • Suffolk County Water Authority – 11 WIIA grants totaling $16.2 million for construction of new advanced oxidation process systems.

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