Westchester and Hudson Valley receive millions in water funds

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Millions of dollars for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects are pouring into communities in Westchester and other parts of the Hudson Valley as part of a new $ 115 million funding approved by the state Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC).

The EFC awards grants and loans for qualified projects by local governments and other eligible organizations that improve the quality and availability of drinking water and improve the management of water and wastewater.

Poughkeepsie water treatment plant. Photo via Google Maps.

“In view of the challenges such as the increase in severe storms and extreme weather events, harmful algal blooms and emerging pollutants, New York is prioritizing cross-generational investments in drinking water and wastewater projects as well as the good jobs these projects create,” said Basil Seggos, EFC Chairman and Commissioner Ministry of the Environment of the State. The funding, combined with an infusion of federal funds from the recently passed federal infrastructure investment and jobs bill, will provide hundreds of millions of dollars in grants and soft or zero interest loans to ensure communities have the resources they need to complete critical projects. Public health and environmental projects. “

The funds will go to 34 municipalities and government agencies, with a large portion of the money, $ 33 million allocated to Nassau and Suffolk counties, primarily to address water supply contamination issues.

In Westchester:

  • The village of Ossining is to receive a $ 3 million grant to build a new water treatment plant to replace the existing Indian Brook water treatment plant;
  • Bronxville is slated to receive two grants totaling $ 507,125 to plan, design, and build sanitary sewer systems.

In Dutch:

  • Poughkeepsie is to receive a $ 1,500,000 grant and $ 8,518,600 long-term interest-free financing to build two 2.5 million gallon water storage tanks and replace old water pipes;
  • The city of Wappinger is to receive a grant of 2,484,620 US dollars to build a new sewer connection to a sewage treatment plant;
  • Fishkill is expected to receive a $ 1,320,000 grant and $ 880,000 short term funding to refurbish a one million gallon water storage tank, upgrade a chemical treatment delivery system, and upgrade and replace water wells.

In Orange County:

  • The City of Monroe has received a grant of $ 897,750 to improve its water system.

In Sullivan County:

  • The City of Thompson is due for a $ 4 million short-term, interest-free financing.

Maureen A. Coleman, President and CEO of EFC, announced that additional grants and loans will be announced shortly. Governor Kathy Hochul announced in late September that she would provide $ 600 million in grants and loans for water and sanitation projects.

In addition to processing a historic amount of government water grant applications, the EFC before the 22nd deadline said Colemann. “EFC looks forward to working with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the New York State Department of Health, and local governments to dig projects into the ground that will make our infrastructure more resilient to climate change and improve water quality for all .” New Yorker.”


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