EFC APPROVES $497.5 MILLION IN GRANTS & LOANS TO UPGRADE LOCAL WASTEWATER AND DRINKING WATER SYSTEMS

New York, NY – (RealEstateRama) — During, the second quarter of EFC’s fiscal year, commencing in July and ending on September 30, the Board of Directors of the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) has approved $497.5 million in grants and interest-free and low-cost loans to support vital wastewater and drinking water infrastructure projects throughout New York State.

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“Strengthening our water systems is critical for improving the quality of life for communities across the state,” said Sabrina Ty, President & CEO of the Environmental Facilities Corporation. “EFC remains committed to working in partnership with these municipalities and others throughout the state to safeguard our water resources and achieve a higher quality of life for our citizens.”

The EFC Board of Directors has approved $497.5 million in financial assistance for drinking water and wastewater projects in Upstate New York and Long Island. This funding includes nearly $13.6 million in grants that were part of the first two rounds issued pursuant to the New York State Water Infrastructure Improvement Act (WIIA) of 2015.

Funds under WIIA were increased in the 2016-17 New York State budget, allowing EFC to broaden eligibility for wastewater projects and increase the maximum grant amount for drinking water projects from $2 million to $3 million, or 60 percent of eligible projects costs – whichever is less. The 2nd Round of awards were announced by Governor Cuomo in a series of seven regional Press Releases.

Recently approved projects include:

  • Village of Albion (Orleans County) – $976,600 interest-free loan to finance costs associated with the planning, design, and construction of the Village of Albion Joint Municipal Industrial Pollution Control Facility (JMIPCF) improvements.
  • City of Amsterdam (Montgomery County) — $5 million ($1.25 million NYS Water Grant and $3.75 million interest-free loan) to finance costs associated with the planning, design and construction of the City of Amsterdam’s Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Improvement Project. This project includes replacing significant portions of sewer pipe and rehabilitating or replacing numerous sewer manholes to reduce infiltration and inflow. In addition, the wastewater treatment plant and the three City pump stations will receive important repairs and upgrades.
  • Town of Bethlehem (Albany County) — $2.6 million reduced-interest loan to finance costs associated with the design and construction of the North Bethlehem Forcemain & Interceptor Sewer Improvements.
  • City of Binghamton and Village of Johnson City (Broome County) — $120 million ($5 million NYS Water Grant, $65 million interest-free loan and $50 million low-interest loan) to finance costs associated with the planning, design and construction of restoration and rehabilitation to the Binghamton-Johnson City Joint Sewage Treatment Plant (BJCSTP) to improve water quality in the Susquehanna and Chenango Rivers.
  • Village of Bloomfield (Ontario County) — $2.25 million interest-free loan to finance costs associated with the design and construction of improvements to the Village of Bloomfield Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  • Village of Brocton (Chautauqua County) — $2 million low-interest loan to finance costs to replace and upgrade significant water mains to improve the Village of Brocton’s water distribution system.
  • Village of Canajoharie (Montgomery County) — $1.1 million interest-free loan to finance costs associated with the planning, design, and construction of improvements to the Village of Canajoharie wastewater treatment plant. This project has provided the Village with a sustainable, reliable, and efficient wastewater treatment system to meet the needs of the service area for the foreseeable future. Green Project Reserve components incorporated into the project include replacement of mechanical aerators with a fine bubble diffuser system, an increase to the aeration basin depth for increased oxygen transfer efficiency, and premium efficiency motors on the new blowers and sludge pumps.
  • Village of Castorland (Lewis County) — $614,050 interest-free loan to finance costs associated with the planning, design, and construction of a new wastewater treatment plant to replace the Village of Castorland’s existing treatment plant. Green Project Reserve components incorporated into the project include fine bubble aeration diffusers and energy efficient lighting.
  • Town of Clifton (St. Lawrence County) — $708,950 interest-free loan to finance costs associated with the planning, design and construction of a collection and treatment system in the Town of Clifton, serving the Hamlet of Newton Falls.
  • Village of Corinth (Saratoga County) – $4.9 million interest-free loan to finance a cost increase associated with the construction of a new water filtration facility to filter water from the Village’s existing wells. The project also includes replacement of many aged, undersized water distribution mains within the Village.
  • City of Cortland (Cortland County) — $12.8 million low-interest loan to finance costs associated with the planning, design and construction of a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) to meet the Chesapeake Bay nutrient limits. The City of Cortland owns and operates a WWTP that serves the City of Cortland and parts of surrounding towns.
  • Village of Dering Harbor (Suffolk County) — $600,000 ($100,000 low-interest loan, $375,000 interest-free storm mitigation loan program loan [SMLP], and $125,000 SMLP grant) to finance costs associated with a project to provide resiliency for the Village of Dering Harbor by providing reliable water storage and backup power to wells.
  • Village of Dolgeville (Herkimer County) — $1.6 million interest-free loan to finance costs associated with the planning, design and construction of the rehabilitation of the Village’s wastewater collection system and plant digester gas storage system. This project is a combination of replacement and lining of existing piping, and the replacement of 19 manholes. The new system is capable of using sludge digester gas to provide heat to the administration building.
  • Dutchess County Water Authority — $3 million interest-free loan to finance costs associated with the construction of upgrades to the Chelsea Cove Sewer District wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) process.
  • Dutchess County Water Authority — $1.4 million interest-free loan to finance costs for the planning, design and construction of upgrades to the Valley Dale Sewer District wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) and repair to manholes and sewer lines in the wastewater collection system.
  • Town of East Greenbush (Rensselaer County) — $15.5 million reduced-interest loan to finance costs for the design and construction to increase capacity and effectiveness of the Town of East Greenbush WWTP.
  • Franklin County Solid Waste Management Authority — $11.6 million interest-free loan to finance costs for the planning, design and construction of the water quality protection components of the Franklin County Regional Landfill Cell No. 5 Landfill Expansion. The CWSRF loan will finance the water quality protection components of the landfill expansion, including the construction of a double composite liner system for the environmentally-sound disposal of mixed municipal solid waste, leachate storage, conveyance facilities and associated electrical upgrades, pump stations, a landfill gas collection and control system and fencing.
  • Town of Hanover (Chautauqua County) — $5.4 million ($1.3 m grant and $4 million interest-free loan) to finance costs associated with the planning, design and construction of improvements to the Town of Hanover’s Wastewater Treatment Plant and Sunset Bay Pumping Station. These improvements will help improve the water quality of Cattaraugus Creek.
  • City of Hornell (Steuben County) – $258,019 interest-free loan to finance costs for the planning, design and construction of a chemical phosphorus removal system at the City of Hornell Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  • City of Hornell (Steuben County) — $66,503 interest-free loan to finance costs for the planning, design and construction of upgrades to the effluent filter, as well as treatment equipment drive components at the City of Hornell Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  • Village of Kiryas Joel (Orange County) — $39.8 million low-interest loan to finance costs associated with the planning, design, and construction of the approximately six and a half miles of the Southern Transmission Main, the development of the Mountainville Well Field, including the associated ground water treatment plant, and the Mountainville and Ridge Road Pump Stations.
  • Town of LeRay (Jefferson County) — $2.1 million interest-free loan to finance costs associated with the planning, design and construction of a collection system in the Town of LeRay serving Sewer District No. 4.
  • Village of Little Valley (Cattaraugus County) — $4.8 million ($1.1 million CWSRF Grant, and $3.7 million interest-free loan) to finance the costs associated with the planning, design and construction of the rehabilitation of the Village of Little Valley’s wastewater treatment plant (WWTP).
  • Village of Marcellus (Onondaga County) – $5.6 million ($1.4 million New York State Water Grant and $4.2 million interest-free loan) to finance costs associated with the planning, design and construction of the Village of Marcellus Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) upgrade. The project will produce higher quality effluent discharged to Ninemile Creek and Onondaga Lake.
  • City of Middletown (Orange County) – $1.3 million ($150,000 grant and $1.2 million interest-free loan) to finance costs associated with the planning, design and construction of sewage collection system improvements to correct infiltration and inflow conditions.
  • Nassau County — $41.7 million ($2.95 million interest-free base program loan, $2.95 million low-interest loan, $8.9 million SMLP grant, and $26.8 zero-interest SMLP loan) to finance costs associated with the planning, geotechnical, permitting and design of the diversion of treated effluent from Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant to the existing outfall at Cedar Creek Water Pollution Control Plant. The proposed diversion will replace Bay Park’s outfall to Reynolds Channel during dry and most wet-weather events. The diversion is a key component of the County’s long-term resiliency plan.
  • NYSERDA — $32.6 million to finance energy efficiency loans through the Green Jobs-Green New York (GJGNY) Act of 2009. The GJGNY Program is a statewide program that offers benefits and incentives to help make energy efficiency improvements affordable for New York State homeowners by rehabilitating and/or reconstructing existing residences in New York State to complete such energy efficiency improvements and upgrades.
  • Town of Oneonta (Otsego County) – $5.1 million ($1 million NYS Water Grant, $2 million CWSRF Grant, and $2.1 million interest-free loan) to finance the costs associated with the creation the Town of Oneonta Southside Water District No. 5. The project will serve residences currently on private wells and consolidate several existing small, privately-owned water systems. The infrastructure will include new wells and treatment, a new storage tank and a new distribution system.
  • Town of Oneonta (Otsego County) – $2.8 million interest-free loan to finance the costs associated with the creation the Town of Oneonta Southside Water District No. 6. The project will consolidate and serve several small, privately-owned public water systems, 23 that are currently on insufficient private wells. The infrastructure will include new wells and treatment, a new storage tank, and a new distribution system.
  • Onondaga County — $3.9 million low-interest loan to finance costs for the planning, design, and construction of Phase II of the Clinton Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Abatement Project.
  • Onondaga County — $372,788 low-interest loan to finance costs to install green infrastructure practices at the Southwest Community Center, located on South Avenue in the City of Syracuse, to infiltrate stormwater runoff and reduce flows to the City’s combined sewer system.
  • Town of Orleans (Jefferson County) — $12.5 million ($3 million NYS Water Grant and $9.5 million interest-free loan) to finance costs related to providing a new drinking water distribution system, interconnection, and system consolidation for the Town of Orleans. The Town is not presently served with public water; existing residential homes utilize private wells.
  • City of Rensselaer (Rensselaer County) — $6.8 million reduced-interest loan to finance costs associated with the planning, design, and construction of sewer separation improvements in the Washington Avenue and North Broadway areas of the City of Rensselaer.
  • Town of Riverhead (Suffolk County) – $14.1 million low-interest loan to finance costs associated with the planning, design and construction of the upgrade of the Riverhead Sewer District’s Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility (AWTF). Components are included totaling approximately $2.4 million that qualify for Green Project Reserve.
  • City of Rome (Oneida County) — $5.6 million interest-free loan to finance costs associated with the first phase of system-wide upgrades for the City of Rome and include the replacement of filter media/underdrains at the City’s existing water filtration plant.
  • City of Rome (Oneida County) — $15.3 million market-rate loan to finance costs to rehabilitate the raw water transmission tunnel to ensure continued supply of water to City users.
  • Town of Sand Lake (Rensselaer County) — $613,000 reduced-interest loan to finance costs associated with the planning, design and construction of improvements and expansion of a portion of the Town’s sanitary system, extending sewer service to properties currently served by septic tanks on Reichards Lake.
  • Town of Sand Lake (Rensselaer County) — $313,447 reduced-interest loan to finance costs associated with the planning, design and construction of rehabilitation of a portion of the Town’s sanitary system on Gundrum Point.
  • Town of St. Armand (Essex County) — $3 million interest-free loan to finance the planning, design and construction of improvements of the Town of St. Annand Wastewater Treatment Plant and River Road Pump Station Improvements.
  • Westchester County — $2.7 million reduced-interest loan to finance costs for the planning, design and construction of the Croton Point Park Landfill Pumping Stations, including the rehabilitation and upgrades of five pump stations that serve the Croton Point Park Landfill.
  • Westchester County — $24.5 million reduced-interest loan to finance costs for the planning, design and construction of the Tarrytown Pump Station Rehabilitation. A portion of this project is considered Green Project Reserve, as it incorporates one of the five categorical “Best Practices” that achieve a 20% reduction in energy consumption.
  • Suffolk County – $75.4 million ($16.8 million SMLP grant and $58.6 million interest-free SMLP loan) for costs associated with planning, design, and construction for replacement of the portion of the existing effluent outfall that extends from the Bergen Point Wastewater Treatment Plant to the Jones Beach barrier island beneath the Great South Bay.
  • City of Troy (Rensselaer County) — $3.3 million ($1.9 million NYS Water Grant, and $1.4 million low-interest loan) to finance the costs associated with the replacement of the existing 33-inch finished water transmission main located in the City’s Lansingburgh section. This main is a critical asset within the City’s distribution system and has reached the end of its useful life. A new main will allow the City to deliver safe drinking water at adequate quantity and pressure to all of the communities that it serves.

Each year, EFC invests nearly $800 million to fund water quality improvements through New York’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF), the largest and most active revolving loan funds in the nation.

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