$255 Million in State Funding Prioritized for Critical Water Infrastructure Projects

J.M. Lesinski

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New York State Governor Kathy Hochul recently made available $255 million for critical water infrastructure projects through New York State's Water Infrastructure Improvement, Intermunicipal Grant, and State Septic System Replacement programs.

"Every New Yorker deserves access to safe, clean water and today's announcement represents the latest installment in the State's nation-leading investment to tackle emerging contaminants and protect residents and the environment from dangerous pollutants," Hochul remarked of the announcement. "These strategic investments will make lifesaving improvements to our water infrastructure and safeguard drinking water for millions of people on Long Island. New York will continue to prioritize resources for projects that provide reliable, clean water for communities across the state while creating good-paying jobs and spurring economic development."

Local governments that are deemed eligible to apply for funding can get WIIA grant awards for funding up to 25% of an eligible wastewater project's total cost, WIIA grant awards for funding up to 60% of net eligible project costs for projects that address emerging contaminants above the State determined Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL), WIIA grant awards for all other drinking water projects up to 60% of net project costs, or IMG awards with funding up to 40% of an eligible wastewater or drinking water project for communities that share services.

"New York State remains committed to doing everything we can to protect our drinking water,” State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett said of the announcement. “This investment will allow local communities to take action to reduce exposure to pollutants in their water supply, while helping to remove financial barriers and I thank Governor Hochul for ensuring communities can continue to invest in water infrastructure upgrades."

For any interested municipalities, grant applications and supporting documents must be proposed to the EFC's website by end of day on September 9, 2022.

"With significant investments like this, Governor Hochul continues to make improving water quality a priority in communities across New York State,” stated Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner and Environmental Facilities Corporation Board Chair Basil Seggos of the announcement. “Today's grants will provide necessary assistance to allow municipalities to upgrade and modernize their aging water and sewer systems, safeguard drinking water, and help protect residents from emerging contaminants. In addition, these projects create jobs, boosting economies statewide."

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