Long Island Drinking Water Projects Get Grant Funding

"At the direction of Governor Cuomo, New York State has committed unprecedented funding to implement the infrastructure upgrades and state-of-the-art filtration technology that safeguards clean and efficient drinking water for decades to come," New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard A. Zucker said. "Protecting our water resources is an essential part of maintaining the health and well-being of communities statewide."

Thirteen municipal drinking water projects on Long Island are getting a total of $36.1 million in grants, New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Nov. 16. The funding represents $58.7 million in taxpayer savings and supports the creation of more than 1,100 jobs, with the grants being funded through the state's Water Infrastructure Improvement Act and Intermunicipal Grant programs.

"Investing in our state's water infrastructure is critical to regional growth and prosperity and maintaining safe, healthy communities," Cuomo said. "By improving our water infrastructure, we are protecting our natural resources, laying the groundwork for future prosperity, and helping to create a stronger, healthier, New York for all."

"At the direction of Governor Cuomo, New York State has committed unprecedented funding to implement the infrastructure upgrades and state-of-the-art filtration technology that safeguards clean and efficient drinking water for decades to come," New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard A. Zucker said. "Protecting our water resources is an essential part of maintaining the health and well-being of communities statewide."

Cuomo's Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017 dedicated $2.5 billion for water quality protection across New York. The Nov. 16 announcement is part of a statewide total of $270 million in grants being awarded to communities, including more than $19 million to support projects that address cyanotoxins associated with harmful algal blooms and previously announced grants totaling $15 million for projects addressing emerging contaminants such as PFOA, PFOS, and 1,4 dioxane.

To date, $750 million in Water Infrastructure Improvement Act and Intermunicipal Grant funding supports nearly $2.65 billion in total project costs for vital drinking and wastewater infrastructure projects statewide.

"At Governor Cuomo's direction, New York continues to be an environmental leader in protecting our precious water resources," said New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos. "This funding will improve water quality, promote economic development, and provide much-needed water infrastructure improvements as we combat emerging water quality issues, including harmful algal blooms and contaminants like PFOA, PFOS, and 1-4 dioxane."

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