The board of directors of the Environmental Facilities Corp. has approved a $2 million grant for the new Toad Harbor Sewer District and other sewer improvements along Oneida Lake in the Town of West Monroe.
The $2 million grant will significantly reduce the town’s costs in constructing the $9.96 million project. EFC has also determined that West Monroe is eligible for up to $8 million in interest-free financing through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund.
“This project would have cost West Monroe thousands of dollars in additional interest costs if the town had been forced to borrow on its own,” said Matthew J. Driscoll, EFC’s President and CEO. “The Environmental Facilities Corporation is the arm of New York State government that helps smaller communities such as West Monroe to take on major investments in their drinking water and wastewater systems. By improving water quality and protecting the health of their residents and the environment, West Monroe’s wastewater improvements will provide opportunities for the community to grow economically.”
West Monroe Supervisor John Messere said, “We want to extend our thanks and appreciation to the EFC Board of Directors and Mr. Driscoll for making the funds available to our project. This project has huge benefits to the environment by bringing wastewater treatment to the lake front properties and the funding package allows us to complete an otherwise unaffordable service for our community.”
The sewer improvements in West Monroe include the installation of a sewer collections system in Toad Harbor. A low-pressure force main across a portion of Oneida Lake, along with a grinder pump station, that will connect the new Toad Harbor Sewer District to the town’s Big Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant.
In addition to improvements to the treatment plant, the Big Bay community will also have its sewer system improved with new grinder pumps that are less apt to fail. The new pumps will replace the 150 grinder pumps now shared by some 315 dwellings.
EFC manages the largest State Revolving Fund for Clean Water and Drinking Water projects in the nation. Together, these State Revolving Funds have provided more than $15 billion in low-cost financing and grants for water-quality infrastructure across New York State.