Gov. Cuomo Announces Grants For CNY Water Infrastructure Improvements

OSWEGO, NY – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today (Aug. 15) announced $14.6 million in grants to support 12 critical municipal water infrastructure projects in Central New York. These grants are part of the second round of NYS Water Grants funded through the state’s Water Infrastructure Improvement Act.

“Continuing to invest in and strengthen our infrastructure is critical to the future economic prosperity of New York,” Governor Cuomo said. “These grants will modernize aging infrastructure, ease burdens on local property taxpayers, and help build a stronger Central New York.”

The FY 2017 State Budget includes $100 million in grants for water infrastructure improvements. This additional funding allowed the Environmental Facilities Corporation to broaden eligibility for wastewater projects and provide a total of $175 million in grants for round two. In addition, the maximum grant amount for drinking water projects was increased from $2 million to $3 million, or 60 percent of eligible projects costs – whichever is less.

The projects announced today primarily include the planning, design and construction or enhancement of treatment plants, pump stations, sewer systems and equipment, as well as upgrades and replacements for drinking water systems, filtration plants and water mains.

Grant awards were based on a scoring system that gave priority to projects that result in the greatest water quality improvement or reduction in risk to public health and are positioned to advance to construction, among other considerations.

NYS Water Grant
Applicant Name
Estimated Project Cost
Estimated SRF Loan Amount
Estimated Grant Award
Total Savings

Clean Water
Oswego, City of

Clean Water
Oswego, City of

Drinking Water
Phoenix, Village of
$ 531,095

Drinking Water
Constantia, Town of

Drinking Water
Auburn, City of
$ 2,040,000

Drinking Water
Auburn, City of

Drinking Water
Cortland, City of

Clean Water
East Syracuse, Village of

Clean Water
Marcellus, Village of

Clean Water
Onondaga County

Drinking Water
Sullivan, Town of

Drinking Water
Syracuse, City of


Since 2011, New York has invested approximately $9 billion in both wastewater and drinking water grants, low and interest-free loans, as well as loan re-financings. New York leads the nation with the largest annual investment in water-quality infrastructure.

More information on how to apply for these loans is available at WATERSRF (for wastewater projects) and WATERSRF (for drinking water projects).


1 Comment

  1. Well another one we didn’t get! I’m starting to feel like the Buffalo Bills always in the game but can’t get the win. Maybe it’s time to change the line-up. Oh it’s too late for that. I know at least we are trying. That is getting a little old.

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