The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced that the State of New York will receive nearly $190 million of federal funding for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure improvements through state revolving funds.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York State Environmental Facilities Corp. will jointly administer the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, which this year received $147.5 million. This fund allows the state to support local governments wishing to complete projects that will protect water quality. New York provides low-interest loans to those governments, allowing them to complete improvements to wastewater treatment systems, pollution control measures and water and estuary protection programs.
The state also received nearly $40 million for its Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, which will be administered by the New York State Department of Health. Similar to the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, this fund provides low-interest loans to communities to support improvements to their drinking water systems. It places a special emphasis on small and low-income communities.
“The EPA is committed to improving water quality throughout New York State,” EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck said. "This federal funding will help New York communities upgrade their drinking water and sewage treatment systems, both of which are imperative for healthy communities.”