ASSEMBLYMAN SCHMITT ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF $350 MILLION FOR WATER SYSTEM UPGRADES TO COMBAT REGIONAL WATER CRISES
Washingtonville, NY — (07/09/19) Assemblyman Colin Schmitt is proud to announce the State has made $350 million in new funding available through the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act and the Intermunicipal Water Infrastructure Grant Program for municipalities with infrastructure projects that protect public health or to improve water quality particularly in parts of the Assemblyman’s district impacted by water crises and water quality issues.
In order to protect the health and safety of all residents of the 99th Assembly District, Assemblyman Schmitt has taken an aggressive approach by co-sponsoring legislation to prohibit the use of all PFAS chemicals in firefighting foams, which passed both houses and now awaits action by the Governor, as well as a myriad of other legislative efforts to protect and cleanup our water supplies.
In addition with Assemblyman Schmitt’s strong insistence, New York’s Health Commissioner, Dr. Howard Zucker, has accepted the New York State Drinking Water Quality Council’s recommendations for maximum contaminant levels in drinking water for PFOA, PFOS and 1,4-dioxane, and has directed the Department to begin the regulatory process for adopting these enforceable standards.
Municipalities are eligible to apply for funding for:
-Water Infrastructure Improvement Act Wastewater Infrastructure Projects: depending on the size of the project applicants may receive funding for up to 25 percent of net eligible project costs, or a maximum of $25 million, whichever is less.
-Water Infrastructure Improvement Act Drinking Water Infrastructure Projects: applicants may receive funding for up to 60 percent of net eligible project costs, or $3 million, whichever is less.
-Intermunicipal Water Infrastructure Grants Clean Water and Drinking Water Projects: applicants may receive funding for up to 40 percent of net eligible project costs, or $10 million, whichever is less.
Assemblyman Schmitt is assisting several municipalities with this and similar grant processes.
Assemblyman Colin Schmitt stated, “I am proud to announce an additional $350 million in state funding is available to our local municipalities to address the serious water crisis we face. From PFAS contamination to water quality and availability issues in communities across our district and region this money will go a long way in making a significant difference to ensuring all residents have safe, clean and reliable water.”
“I would encourage all municipalities in my district to take full advantage of this allocation of additional funds towards the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act and the Intermunicipal Water Infrastructure Grant Program to help address water issues they may be facing. My office is happy to provide any assistance we can through this process.”
Schmitt continued, “I am also pleased that the state has accepted the New York State Drinking Water Quality Council’s recommendations for maximum contaminant levels in drinking water for PFOA, PFOS and 1,4-dioxane. I proudly helped advance legislation targeted at protecting water supplies from emerging contaminants and will continue to lead the effort regionally to ensure we have clean, safe water. Our region faces a water crisis, whether from emerging contaminants, outdated treatment equipment or other dangers. I will not rest until every single resident of my district is confident in their water through fighting for more funding to working on legislative protections.”