NY to upgrade water infrastructure with $187M from EPA

The funds will primarily be used to upgrade wastewater systems and drinking water systems throughout the state.

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NEW YORK, NY, May 4, 2016 -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $187,379,000 to the state of New York to help finance water project improvements. The funds will primarily be used to upgrade wastewater systems and drinking water systems throughout the state.

The Clean Water State Revolving Fund program, administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation, was awarded $147,479,000. The program provides low-interest loans to local governments for water quality protection projects to make improvements to wastewater treatment systems, control pollution from rain water runoff, and protect sensitive water bodies and estuaries.

The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program, administered by the New York State Department of Health, was awarded the remaining $39,900,000. The program provides low-interest loans to local governments to finance improvements to drinking water systems, with a particular focus on providing funds to small and low-income communities.

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