Clean water projects in New York state improved by EPA grants
The EPA has awarded $218 million to New York State to help finance improvements to water projects that are essential to protecting public health and the environment.
New York, NY, Oct. 17, 2012 -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $218 million to New York State to help finance improvements to water projects that are essential to protecting public health and the environment. The funds will primarily be used to upgrade sewage plants and drinking water systems throughout the state.
"The EPA is committed to improving water quality throughout New York State," said EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck. "This funding will help New York communities upgrade their drinking water and sewage treatment systems, both of which are imperative for healthy communities."
The Clean Water State Revolving Fund program, administrated by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation, received $157,205,222. The program provides low-interest loans 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, administrated by the New York State Department of Health, received $60,923,000. The program provides low-interest loans to finance improvements to drinking water systems, with a particular focus on providing funds to small and disadvantaged communities and to programs that encourage pollution prevention as a tool for ensuring safe drinking water.
Since 1989, the EPA has awarded $4.9 billion to New York through these programs.
For more information on the Clean Water State Revolving Fund program, visit http://water.epa.gov/grants_funding/cwsrf/cwsrf_index.cfm.
For information on the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program visit http://www.epa.gov/safewater/dwsrf/.
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