Water Infrastructure Improvement Act

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The Clean Water Infrastructure Act invests $3 billion in clean and drinking water infrastructure projects and water quality protection across New York. It provides at least $1 billion for the New York State Water Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2017 (WIIA), which authorizes the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) to provide grants to assist municipalities in funding water quality infrastructure. WIIA grants are available for both drinking water and sewage treatment works (clean water) projects. 

A clean water project may be eligible for a WIIA grant of up to the lesser of 25% of total eligible project cost after deducting other grant funds awarded for the project or:

  1. A project less than $50 million: $5 million;
  2. A project equal to or greater than $50 million, but less than $100 million: $12.5 million; or
  3. A project equal to or greater than $100 million: $25 million.

A drinking water project may be eligible for a WIIA grant of up to the lesser of $3 million or 60% of the total net project costs.

For more information on the WIIA program, please refer to the WIIA Grant Summary.

Eligibility

WIIA grants are available only to the following: county, city, town, village, district corporation, county or town improvement district, school district, Indian nation or tribe recognized by the state or the United States with a reservation wholly or partly within the boundaries of New York State, any public benefit corporation or public authority established pursuant to the laws of New York or any agency of the State that is empowered to construct and operate a water quality infrastructure project. (School districts are eligible for DWSRF financial assistance but are ineligible for Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) financial assistance.

Eligible projects include water quality infrastructure projects at municipally-owned sewage treatment works OR municipally-owned public water systems for construction, replacement or repair of infrastructure; or compliance with environmental and public health laws and regulations related to water quality.

Each WIIA project must meet the following criteria:

  • Result in construction of the project.
  • Not have started construction before October 1, 2018.
  • Not have completed construction before May 1, 2019.

Funds made available through the WIIA grant program can be used for costs associated with project planning, design, and construction services as long as those costs result in a completed eligible infrastructure improvement project.

Evaluation Criteria

In evaluating projects, EFC and DOH will consider factors such as the water quality improvement or reduction in risk to public health, financial needs of the community, readiness to advance construction, and the level of demonstrated community support. 

Requirements

EFC is committed to promoting participation opportunities for New York State ("State") certified minority- and women-owned business enterprises ("MWBEs") and federal disadvantaged business enterprises ("DBEs"), and equal employment opportunities ("EEO") for minority group members and women in the performance of EFC contracts as well as contracts that receive financial assistance through EFC's various programs.

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The goal of the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act is to encourage and support eligible SDVOBs to play a greater role in the state's economy by increasing their participation in New York State's contracting opportunities. 

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Applicable only if the applicant is seeking either Clean Water or Drinking Water SRF Financing.

The utilization of iron and steel products that are produced in the United States is required for construction, alteration, maintenance, or repair of public water systems or treatment works funded wholly or in part by SRF financial assistance. 

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Applicable only if the applicant is seeking either Clean Water or Drinking Water SRF Financing.

Requirements regarding prevailing wages, hours of work, and rates of pay are required for contracts in excess of $2,000 and are funded wholly or in part by SRF financial assistance. 

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