Governor Cuomo Announces $44 Million in Grants for Vital Capital Region Water Infrastructure Improvements

Record Levels of Funding Will Leverage $175 Million in Water Quality Investments, Providing $97 Million in Taxpayer Savings

Investment Will Support the Creation of 2,800 jobs New Jobs in the Capital Region

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced nearly $44 million in grants to support 24 essential drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects in the Capital Region. These grants are part of a $255 million statewide investment, funded through New York’s Water Infrastructure Improvement Act, as well as the new Intermunicipal Water Infrastructure Grants Program.

“This unprecedented investment continues New York’s commitment to helping municipalities develop necessary infrastructure to protect our water resources,” Governor Cuomo said. “These investments are crucial to supporting the health and safety of our communities, and help lay the foundation for future growth and prosperity in every corner of this great state.”

Under the landmark $2.5 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017, announced by Governor Cuomo in April, these grants are part of $255 million in funding available for municipalities statewide to support critical water quality infrastructure projects. The Act also made $30 million available for the new Intermunicipal Water Infrastructure Grants Program, which provides grant funds for two or more municipalities sharing water quality infrastructure.

In the Capital Region, $44 million in grant funds will leverage $175 million in total project costs and provide over $97 million in taxpayer savings. This investment will also create 2,800 jobs across the region. Since 2015, inclusive of this latest round of funding, Capital Region communities have received a total of $87 million in WIIA and IMG grant funds supporting $338 million in total project costs.

The Capital Region municipalities receiving grants are:

WIIA/IMG Grant* Awardee County Estimated Project Cost Estimated Grant Award
CWIIA Albany MWFA Albany $22,055,000 $989,177
IMG Albany MWFA Albany $45,000,000 $10,000,000
CWIIA Albany MWFA Albany $5,693,294 $1,423,324
DWIIA Albany MWFA Albany $1,600,000 $960,000
DWIIA Albany MWFA Albany $2,115,350 $1,269,210
DWIIA Albany MWFA Albany $2,615,650 $770,790
DWIIA Bethlehem, Town of Albany $15,332,000 $3,000,000
CWIIA Castleton-On-Hudson, Village of Rensselaer $5,454,185 $1,363,547
DWIIA Colonie, Town of Albany $1,600,000 $960,000
DWIIA Guilderland, Town of Albany $3,954,771 $2,372,863
CWIIA Hague, Town of Warren $394,250 $98,563
CWIIA Hoosick Falls, Village of Rensselaer $3,792,350 $948,088
CWIIA Lake George, Village of Warren $17,095,691 $4,273,923
CWIIA New Baltimore, Town of Greene $2,610,000 $652,500
CWIIA Rensselaer Co Sewer District Rensselaer $3,361,248 $840,312
CWIIA Rensselaer, City of Rensselaer $2,647,785 $661,947
DWIIA Rotterdam, Town of Schenectady $5,100,000 $3,000,000
DWIIA Round Lake, Village of Saratoga $1,185,000 $711,000
DWIIA Saratoga County Water Authority Saratoga $7,665,000 $3,000,000
DWIIA Schaghticoke, Village of Rensselaer $3,458,438 $690,038
CWIIA Scotia, Village of Schenectady $1,700,000 $425,000
CWIIA Washington County SD #2 Washington $14,800,000 $3,700,000
CWIIA Washington County SD #2 Washington $3,903,689 $975,923
DWIIA Waterford, Town of Saratoga $1,322,500 $793,500
TOTAL: $174,456,201 $43,879,705
*DWIIA or CWIIA denotes a Drinking Water or Clean Water WIIA Grant

Specific project information as well as an interactive map showing these projects may be found here.

The projects announced today will strengthen the Capital Region’s drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in a number of ways including: upgrades and replacements for drinking water systems, filtration plants and water mains, as well as the construction or enhancement of wastewater treatment plants, pump stations, and sewer systems.

In addition to grants, EFC provides interest-free and low-interest loans to communities further enhancing the taxpayer savings related to the development of these projects. The grants announced today are expected to be supplemented with over $110 million in these low-cost loans.

New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation President and CEO Sabrina Ty said, “Governor Cuomo has been unwavering in his commitment to support municipalities as they tackle their water infrastructure needs in an affordable manner. EFC works with communities to provide a combination of grant funds and low-cost loans to finance their drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects. This allows municipalities to undertake these projects at significant taxpayer savings.”

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos said, “Governor Cuomo’s historic investments in water infrastructure are providing municipalities across the state with the resources they need to upgrade their systems and safeguard community water supplies. The Governor’s transformative plans will put more New Yorkers to work strengthening our infrastructure’s ability to meet emerging water challenges.”

New York State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard A. Zucker said, “Access to clean drinking water is a national public health issue that demands swift and decisive action. As cities and towns across the country face water infrastructure challenges, Governor Cuomo is putting the health of New York’s citizens first with unprecedented investments in water treatment and delivery.”

New York State leads the nation with the largest annual investment in water-quality infrastructure of any state. Since 2011, EFC has provided more than $11.5 billion in subsidized loans, grants and loan re-financings to local governments.

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