Governor Cuomo Announces $26.7 Million for Clean Water Systems and Local Drinking Water Infrastructure Projects Statewide
Projects located in Finger Lakes, Mid-Hudson, and Western New York Regions
New York (STL.News) Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation has approved $26.7 million in grants, interest-free loans and low-cost loans to support vital water quality infrastructure projects across New York State. The funding supports municipalities that are working to update their aging drinking water and wastewater systems and improve utility services for residents with innovative, cost-effective financing solutions.
“New York is committed to providing communities with the resources they need to make critical upgrades to their water systems,” Governor Cuomo said. “These significant investments will help ensure residents all across the state have access to clean water, furthering our efforts to create a stronger, healthier New York for all.”
Environmental Facilities Corporation President and CEO Joseph Rabito said, “EFC welcomes Adam Zurofsky to the Board of Directors today, as he joins us in our mission to help communities across New York State undertake critical water quality infrastructure projects. EFC is proud to partner with municipalities and provide them with grants and loans that make it easier to address their clean water needs. Several of those approved today, began with EFC Engineering Planning Grants that allowed communities to jump start their work early on with funding for initial planning, so they could be better prepared to seek financing to help them complete the projects.”
Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner and EFC Board Chair Basil Seggos said, “New York State is a national leader in protecting and improving water quality by working with state and local partners to advance infrastructure improvement projects that deliver the highest quality of water for all New Yorkers. The funding announced today and the critical projects it supports are investments in the future of New York’s cities, towns, and villages and will protect the environment, bolster local economies, and improve overall quality of life for generations to come.”
Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said, “With this latest round of funding, New York continues to solidify its commitment to helping communities access resources to address drinking water infrastructure and other clean water initiatives. Municipalities are completing projects statewide that will impact quality of life and natural source water protection for years to come.”
The Board’s approval includes financing through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and grants pursuant to the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act.
The project financings approved at the June 24 meeting include:
Clean Water Projects:
- Village of Little Valley in Cattaraugus County – $3,018,678 in long-term, interest-free financing to rehabilitate their wastewater treatment plant.
- Village of Arcade in Wyoming County – $784,441 in long-term, interest-free financing for sanitary sewer improvements.
- Monroe County – $4,945,341 in short-term, interest-free financing, $4,945,341 in short-term, low-rate financing, and a $3,775,000 WIIA grant to make aeration system improvements at the Frank E. Van LareWater Resource Recovery Facility.
- Village of Interlaken in Seneca County – $3,887,750 in short-term, interest-free financing, and $1,227,250 in WIIA grant funding for wastewater treatment plant upgrades and improvements.
- Village of Port Chester in Westchester County – $870,125 in short-term, interest-free financing and $316,250 in WIIA grant funding for the design and construction of sanitary sewer system improvements.
Drinking Water Project:
- Village of Dansville in Livingston County – $3,000,000 in WIIA grant funding to replace 37,000 linear feet of aged and undersized water mains and add new hydrants and valves.
The financings are subject to the Public Authorities Control Board’s approval and are scheduled for consideration at PACB’s meeting in July.
The CWSRF and the DWSRF are the EFC’s core funding programs. With its partner, DEC, EFC is responsible for the operation and administration of the CWSRF. The CWSRF allows EFC to provide interest-free or low-interest rate financing and grants to support a variety of eligible water quality improvement projects, including point source projects, nonpoint source projects and national estuary projects. EFC similarly operates and administers the DWSRF, with its partner the State Department of Health, providing interest-free or low-interest rate financing and grants for drinking water infrastructure projects.