$87 M in Recovery Act Funds to Benefit N.Y. Water Projects
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $86,811,000 to the New York State Department of Health. This new infusion of money provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will help the state and local governments finance many of the overdue improvements to water projects that are essential to protecting public health and the environment across the state.
“This funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will help ensure clean water, which is vital to the health of every city and town across New York State,” said EPA Acting Regional Administrator George Pavlou. “It will also create jobs, provide a boost to local economies and protect public health and the environment.”
The Recovery Act funds will go to the state's Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program. The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program provides low-interest loans for drinking water systems to finance infrastructure improvements. The program also emphasizes providing funds to small and disadvantaged communities and to programs that encourage pollution prevention as a tool for ensuring safe drinking water.