New York to bring new water infrastructure to rural communities throughout the state

(UI) — New York Governor Kathy Hochul’s administration launched a new program that will connect rural communities with vital water infrastructure. The program sees professionals from the New York State Environmental Facilities Corp. performing on-site assistance or virtual consultations. This assistance will help small communities in the state with planning, finishing projections, and funding applications.

Together with the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Department of Health, the Environmental Facilities Corp. will deploy assistance throughout rural New York. The entities will also work alongside local groups to provide information and find communities that haven’t received funding for water infrastructure recently.

New York’s water infrastructure program begins as the state has attempted to fast-track clean water projects. The governor’s budget, sitting at $277 billion, sets $500 million aside for clean water projects such as the program.

According to Governor Hochel, “too many critical water systems have been neglected to a state of disrepair because communities don't have the staffing, resources, or expertise to undertake these vital projects.” The administration will use the $500 million to “remove barriers preventing communities from getting the financial assistance they need to be able to access clean water.”

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos commented, “Disadvantaged Communities shoulder a disproportionate burden of pollution and pairing them and our small towns and villages with State experts knowledgeable in navigating the funding process will help increase success in achieving clean water goals and build healthier, thriving neighborhoods."

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