Record Levels of Funding Will Leverage $76 Million in Water Quality Investments, Providing $54 Million in Taxpayer Savings
Investment Will Support the Creation of 1,240 New Jobs in Western New York
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced over $20 million in grants to support 17 essential drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects throughout Western New York. These grants are part of a $255 million statewide investment, funded through the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act, as well as the new Intermunicipal Water Infrastructure Grants Program.
"This unprecedented investment continues New York's commitment to helping municipalities develop necessary infrastructure to protect our water resources," Governor Cuomo said. "These investments are crucial to supporting the health and safety of our communities, and help lay the foundation for future growth and prosperity in every corner of this great state."
Under the landmark $2.5 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017, announced by Governor Cuomo in April, these grants are part of $255 million in funding available for municipalities statewide to support critical water quality infrastructure projects. The Act also made $30 million available for the new Intermunicipal Water Infrastructure Grants Program, which provides grant funds for two or more municipalities sharing water quality infrastructure.
In Western New York, over $20 million in grant funds will leverage $76 million in total project costs and provide nearly $54 million in taxpayer savings. This investment will also create 1,240 jobs across the region. Since 2015, inclusive of this latest round of funding, Western New York communities have received a total of $48 million in WIIA grant funds supporting $182 million in total project costs.
Western New York municipalities receiving grants are:
Estimated Project Cost
Estimated Grant Award
Alden, Town of
Alden, Village of
Brocton, Village of
Chautauqua, Town of
Clarence, Town of
Depew, Village of
Erie County Water Authority
Fredonia, Village of
Fredonia, Village of
Jamestown Board Public Utility
Niagara Falls Water Board
North Collins, Town of
Tonawanda, City of
Wellsville, Village of
West Seneca, Town of
Westfield, Village of
Specific project information as well as an interactive map showing these projects may be found here.
The projects announced today will strengthen Western New York's drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in a number of ways including: upgrades and replacements for drinking water systems, filtration plants and water mains, as well as the construction or enhancement of wastewater treatment plants, pump stations, and sewer systems.
In addition to grants, EFC provides interest-free and low-interest loans to communities further enhancing the taxpayer savings related to the development of these projects. The grants announced today are expected to be supplemented with over $52 million in these low-cost loans.
New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation President and CEO Sabrina Ty said, "Governor Cuomo has been unwavering in his commitment to support municipalities as they tackle their water infrastructure needs in an affordable manner. EFC works with communities to provide a combination of grant funds and low-cost loans to finance their drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects. This allows municipalities to undertake these projects at significant taxpayer savings."
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos said, "Governor Cuomo's historic investments in water infrastructure are providing municipalities across the state with the resources they need to upgrade their systems and safeguard community water supplies. The Governor's transformative plans will put more New Yorkers to work strengthening our infrastructure's ability to meet emerging water challenges."
New York State Health Department of Commissioner Dr. Howard A. Zucker said, "Access to clean drinking water is a national public health issue that demands swift and decisive action. As cities and towns across the country face water infrastructure challenges, Governor Cuomo is putting the health of New York's citizens first with unprecedented investments in water treatment and delivery."
Senator Catharine Young said, "I applaud the news that over $20 million is on its way to communities in Western New York, including nearly $12 million for local governments in my district, to finance critically needed water infrastructure upgrades that will assure clean, safe drinking water for residents as well as overall system improvements that will support economic development. The Senate led the way, with Governor Cuomo's partnership, in securing $2.5 billion for the historic Clean Water Infrastructure Act in this year's state budget. With these investments, New York is empowering local communities to tackle their water infrastructure challenges and build a better future for our residents. I thank Governor Cuomo for his support of these vital projects, which represent another historic step to protect the quality of our water."
Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer said, "The health of our residents is a top priority and this significant investment will help to ensure access to clean, safe drinking water for all of us. Improving our water infrastructure- throughout Western New York- is vital to keeping our children, families and communities healthy."
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan said, "This historic investment in our water infrastructure will spur job growth while ensuring the quality of our water and our environment. I thank Governor Cuomo and my colleagues in the Legislature for working together to deliver this much needed assistance."
Senator Rob Ortt said, "I'd like to thank the governor for his partnership on this issue. This record funding shows New York's commitment to improving water quality and is a further investment in our infrastructure and our future."
Senator Chris Jacobs said, "I am very pleased that the City of Tonawanda will receive $4.8 million to support their 10-year sewer improvement project. New York State's record $2.5 billion clean water infrastructure funding is a catalyst for economic development and an investment in public health and safety. I commend Governor Cuomo for his partnership and his support for this funding that will provide great benefits to City of Tonawanda residents."
Senator Tim Kennedy said, "It is essential to maintain our water infrastructure and ensure the highest quality of our water. These historic investments will strengthen our infrastructure, from upgrading and replacing drinking water systems to improving our sewage system, and pave the way for a better, healthier future for our communities. I want to thank Governor Cuomo for his leadership and look forward to continuing to work with our state and local partners to deliver for New York."
Assemblymember Monica P. Wallace said, "This investment in New York's water infrastructure will provide communities like the village of Depew with the essential resources they need to ensure access to clean water. New York has made strengthening our water infrastructure a major priority, and with Governor Cuomo's support, these grants will further promote healthy communities across the state. I will continue to work with the Governor to advance clean water initiatives both here and statewide."
Assemblyman Andy Goodell said, "The clean water grants to the City of Jamestown, the Village of Brocton, Village of Westfield, and the Village of Fredonia will provide critical funding to ensure that our residents have excellent water supplies, now and in the future. These grants offset some of the costs that would otherwise be incurred by our residents in the form of higher user fees or taxes, and help keep our local municipalities competitive."
Assemblyman Angelo J. Morinello said, "Under the Governor's leadership, men, women and children throughout Western New York will have access to clean, quality drinking water. By ensuring our residents receive the very best natural resources available, we are helping establish a stronger New York for all."
New York State leads the nation with the largest annual investment in water-quality infrastructure of any state. Since 2011, EFC has provided more than $11.5 billion in subsidized loans, grants and loan re-financings to local governments.