Local Wastewater Systems Receive Funds to Upgrade

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Posted: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 8:13 pm | Updated: 8:16 pm, Tue Feb 14, 2017.

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation Board of Directors approved more than $40 million in grants and interest-free and low-cost loans to support vital wastewater infrastructure projects across New York State.

"This funding will support local wastewater infrastructure projects that protect the environment, create jobs and bolster resiliency in communities across New York," said Governor Cuomo. "With our major investments in water infrastructure, we are ensuring a stronger, healthier New York for generations to come."

Recognizing that demand continues to exceed available resources, the FY 2018 Executive Budget includes the proposed Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017 which will invest $2 billion in clean water infrastructure and source water protection. This will bolster the funds available for grants through the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2015 and other important water quality initiatives.

This Board approval will provide much needed financial assistance for seven wastewater projects in Upstate New York and on Long Island, including more than $4.7 million in grants that were awarded in the second round of funding made available pursuant to the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act. The grants, along with the interest-free and low-interest loans provided by EFC allows municipalities to finance these projects at a significantly lower rate than financing on their own. Nearly 60 percent of the loans approved are interest free.

SOURCE: Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

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