Grants, loans total $265 million for local water projects

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New York Construction Report staff writer

More than $265 million in financial assistance has been announced for water infrastructure projects across New York State to get shovels in the ground for critical water infrastructure projects.

“We are funding essential projects to upgrade our water infrastructure and protect the health of our communities,” Gov. Kathy Hochul said in a statement. “Today we’re putting another $265 million out on the streets and building on the incredible progress we’ve made toward making sure every New Yorker has access to the clean, safe water they deserve.”

Funding comes from the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and the State’s Water Infrastructure Improvement (WIIA) grant program.

Clean Water Projects:

In Chemung County, $200 million was approved for a wastewater treatment plant consolidation project that’s underway, as well as a $25 million WIIA grant.

The project involves modernizing and expanding the existing Milton Street Wastewater Treatment Plant that’s 35 years old, taking the 50-year-old Lake Street Wastewater Treatment Plant out of service, and consolidating the two facilities, bringing the county’s operations into compliance with State and federal regulations, and improving water quality in the Chemung River and the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

The Village of Franklinville, Cattaraugus County will receive a $1.2 million WIIA grant and a $1.2 million CWSRF grant for the planning, design, and construction of wastewater treatment facility and collection system improvements.

Geneva, in Ontario County will receive a $6.9 million short-term interest-free financing and a $2.4 million WIIA grant for the planning, design, and construction of upgrades at the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

Drinking Water Projects:

  • Village of Garden City, Nassau County (Long Island) – $3.1 million WIIA grant for the construction of a new advanced oxidation process system to treat 1,4-dioxane in public water supply Well No. 7.
  • Village of Rhinebeck, Dutchess County – $3.5 million short-term market-rate financing and a $3,000,000 WIIA grant for the installation of a disinfection treatment system, reinstatement of the upflow clarifier and filtration units and the installation of two clarification units, installation of a mixing system in the water storage tank, and other water treatment plant improvements.
  • Town of Tonawanda, Erie County – $3 million WIIA grant for upgrades to the water treatment plan filtration system, including new filter media and underdrains, air/water backwash system, wash water pump, and filtration automation and control system upgrades.
  • Westbury Water District, Nassau County – $3 million WIIA grant for the installation of an advanced oxidation process system to treat 1,4 dioxane at Well 16.

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