The state of New York will allocate $164 million in state funds to local water infrastructure projects. The state’s Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC), which provides financial support for critical water quality infrastructure projects, approved the grants and loans to help municipalities reduce environmental and public health risks.
New York City’s Municipal Water Finance Authority (MWFA) will receive $150 million in short-term financing to kickstart a $705 million water supply tunnel construction project in Queens and Brooklyn. The project, designed to increase redundancy in the city’s water systems and offer better flow control and system management, is split into two phases.
Phase 1 includes excavating and building two shafts on a 10.5-mile tunnel. Phase 2 includes building underground distribution chambers atop the shafts and installing equipment and accessories associated with Phase 1 construction.
The city of Utica will receive $4.6 million in grants and financing to make its wastewater system more resilient and to reduce the risk of sewer overflows into the Mohawk River. The town of Minerva in Essex County will also receive $1.5 million in financing to replace 6,000 linear feet of water main spanning two project areas.
The villages of Akron and Warsaw will receive a combined $8.2 million in loans for wastewater treatment projects. The financing will help the villages handle long-term debt from water projects.
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