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Local projects among state water infrastructure fund recipients

Posted 4/21/22

ALBANY — Several Mohawk Valley projects are among 199 water infrastructure projects statewide that will share up to $638 million in grants to protect public health or improve water quality, …

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Local projects among state water infrastructure fund recipients

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ALBANY — Several Mohawk Valley projects are among 199 water infrastructure projects statewide that will share up to $638 million in grants to protect public health or improve water quality, according to an announcement this week by Gov. Kathy Hochul.

The funding, through the state Environmental Facilities Corporation, includes nearly $601 million in Water Infrastructure Improvement Act grants and over $37 million in additional federal subsidies that will support approximately $1.6 billion in total infrastructure investment.

The grants are projected to contribute over 35,000 jobs to New York’s economy and save taxpayers an estimated $1.4 billion, the announcement said.

“Modernizing our state’s water infrastructure is critical to ensuring every New Yorker has access to clean drinking water,” Hochul said. “Protecting the public health of New Yorkers will always be a top priority for my administration and this funding is a testament to that commitment. We will continue working collaboratively with every level of government to empower localities with the funding they need to improve water quality statewide.” 

Tuesday’s announcement marks the largest-ever award of Water Infrastructure Improvement Act (WIIA) grants.

In the Mohawk Valley region, the following projects were among 13 projects statewide to be awarded a 25% WIIA grant plus a 25% federal additional subsidy to fund 50% of the estimated project costs. This is made possible, the announcement said, by awarding 25% in additional federal subsidies to these hardship communities that will receive interest-free financing for the remaining 50% of the project costs. The municipalities were chosen to receive the subsidy based on project eligibility, impacts on water quality and financial hardship:

-Herkimer was awarded a total grant amount of $9.99 million with 50% of this funding through an estimated federal subsidy of $4.99 million and an equal amount to be funded through a WIIA grant for Sanitary Sewer System Inflow/Infiltration Investigation (total project cost $19.91 million);

-Sylvan Beach was awarded a total grant amount of $14.58 million with 50% of this funding through an estimated federal subsidy of $$7.29 million and an equal amount to be funded through a WIIA grant for Waste Water Treatment Plant/Priority 2 Improvements (total project cost $29.1 million);

-Utica was awarded a total grant amount of $613,126 with 50% of this funding through an estimated federal subsidy of $306,563 and an equal amount to be funding through a WIIA grant for a water control project (total project cost $1.2 million).

Additional funding recipients and projects include:

-Dolgeville was awarded $2.4 million for improvements to the Mannheim Water Storage Tank (total project cost $4 million);

-Hamilton was awarded $2.24 million for groundwater source upgrades (total project cost of $3.74 million);

-Herkimer was also awarded $3 million for Phase 2 Distribution and Storage Upgrades (total project cost $19.98 million);

-Ilion was awarded $3 million for the Phase 2 Distribution Upgrades and Connection to Eastern MV Regional Trans Main project (total project cost $6.1 million);

-Madison County was awarded $1.6 million in funding for the Clockville Water District I project (total project cost $2.68 million);

-Paris was awarded $3 million for the Sauquoit Consolidated Water District Source and Treatment Upgrades project (total project cost $5 million); and

-Schuyler will receive $3 million for the East Schuyler Water District Regional Trans Main Connection (total project cost $5.92 million).

“This historic level of grant funding from EFC will provide transformational benefits for 151 communities as the state implements the water quality goals championed by Governor Hochul,” said Environmental Facilities Corporation President & CEO Maureen A. Coleman.

“Grants from EFC provide relief for taxpayers and help local governments get shovels in the ground for critical projects that protect public health and the environment, create jobs, and spur economic development. EFC is poised to support many more water quality infrastructure projects through the initiatives in the enacted State Budget and the infusion of federal funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law,” Coleman added.

“Replacing outdated infrastructure and implementing treatment for emerging contaminants in New York State’s public drinking water systems are critical components of ensuring equity in public health,” added Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett.

“Communities that have born the brunt of decades-old industry pollution or historical neglect are utilizing these funds to help off-set project costs and tackle the larger issues of clean water delivery,” the state health commissioner added.

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