April 18, 2017

long_island_water_conference_logo.pngNYS Budget Highlights: Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017

The Long Island Water Conference (LIWC) recently released “Drinking Water Highlights from the Recently Passed New York State Budget” which includes the $2.5 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act. Although portions of funding are designated for non-construction projects such as land acquisition, water and soil testing and monitoring, there are some infrastructure-related items that should be beneficial for our membership, including:

  • Not less than $150 million to the Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) for NYS intermunicipal water infrastructure projects pursuant to section 1285-s of the public authorities law;
  • Not less than $245 million for water quality improvement projects, including nonagricultural nonpoint source abatement and control projects, municipal wastewater treatment projects, and municipal separate storm sewer system projects, and including up to $25 million of such amount for projects for the proper management of road salt; up to $50 million for green infrastructure projects.
  • Not less than $75 million to the EFC for a program to upgrade or replace septic systems and cesspools pursuant to section 1285-u of the public authorities law;
  • $100 million to the EFC to support municipal water quality infrastructure programs which may otherwise not qualify for state support, or may require additional state support.

As further details about the new budget and capital program becomes available, LICA will be sure to provide you with additional pertinent information.

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