Governor Cuomo Announces More Than $25 Million In Grants For Water Infrastructure Improvements In Western New York

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December 17, 2019

Investment Will Save Western New York Localities an Estimated $47 Million

Part of a $416 Million Statewide Investment in Water Infrastructure

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the state Environmental Facilities Corporation has awarded more than $25 million through the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act and the Intermunicipal Water Infrastructure Grant Program to Western New York municipalities for infrastructure projects that protect public health or improve water quality. The $25 million investment will save Western New York localities an estimated $47 million. These grants are part of the $416 million awarded across New York State for critical water infrastructure improvements. The grants are supporting nearly $1.6 billion in project costs across the state, contributing over 20,000 jobs to New York’s economy and saving New York taxpayers over $700 million.

"By investing in improving our state’s water infrastructure, we are laying the foundation for regional growth and prosperity while also protecting our natural resources,” Governor Cuomo said. “These investments in our communities will help ensure residents in every corner of the state have access to safe, clean drinking water, helping to build a stronger New York for all.”

​​Under the leadership of Governor Cuomo, New York State’s 2017 Clean Water Infrastructure Act and the FY 2020 Enacted Budget make $3 billion available to address critical water infrastructure needs.

Regional Investments in Water Quality Infrastructure

The Governor has dedicated $3 billion for water quality protection across New York. The funding awarded to Western New York municipalities is part of a statewide total of $416 million in grants being awarded to communities. In this funding round, $416 million in grant funding supports nearly $1.6 billion in total project costs for vital drinking and wastewater infrastructure projects statewide. Combined with zero- or low-interest financings through the State Environmental Facilities Corporation, New York taxpayers will save over $700 million.  

Applicant Name


Project Cost

Estimated Grant Award

Alden, Village




Depew, Village




Ellicott, Town




Ellicottville, Town




Erie County WA




Erie County WA




Fredonia, Village




Grand Island, Town




Hamburg, Village




Jamestown, City




Lockport, City




Lockport, Town




Middleport, Village




Niagara Falls Public Water Authority




North Tonawanda, City




North Tonawanda, City




Olean, City




Ripley, Town




Sherman, Village




Williamsville, Village




Yorkshire, Town


























Environmental Facilities Corporation Acting President and CEO Maureen Coleman said, “Governor Cuomo’s commitment to maintaining and upgrading New York’s critical water infrastructure has never been clearer than it is today. By increasing the cap on emerging contaminants projects to 60% of project costs, the Governor is letting water system operators and residents know that the state of New York will be with them every step of the way.”

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner and EFC Board Chair Basil Seggos said, “Governor Cuomo’s plan to rebuild and improve the state’s vast network of drinking water infrastructure is truly transformational. The Environmental Facilities Corporation and Department of Health are working closely with communities across the state to design and creatively finance state-of-the-art supply systems that utilize cutting-edge technologies to protect our precious drinking water from emerging contaminants and other 21st Century challenges. I commend my colleagues in state government for striving to provide more than 20 million New Yorkers world-class drinking water quality, and I thank Governor Cuomo for his continued commitment and bold leadership on this critical issue.”

Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said, “Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York State has met clean drinking water challenges head-on with unprecedented fiscal and technical support.  This funding ensures that cost will not be a barrier as water systems across the state continue to address the threat of emerging contaminants with treatment systems and vital infrastructure upgrades.”

Senator Todd Kaminsky, Chair of Senate Environmental Conservation Committee said, "This substantial investment is exactly what is needed to address the issue of emerging contaminants, like 1,4 dioxane, in Long Island's water. I am thankful to Governor Cuomo for continuing to make Long Island's water quality a priority."

Assembly Member Steve Englebright, Chair of Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee said, “The legislature and the Governor created these programs to help ensure clean water while keeping costs to water users down. I thank the Governor for following through in making water quality a priority.” 

Technical Assistance
Governor Cuomo continues to direct the New York State Water Quality Rapid Response Team to provide immediate technical assistance to communities interested in assessing system needs and applying for grant funding. Additionally, DOH will offer technical assistance based upon its successful oversight of carbon filtration and AOP treatment systems in other parts of the state. This will include engineering consultation, establishing monitoring and operational protocols, and guidance for potential grant and loan financing options. Established by Governor Cuomo in 2016, the New York State Water Quality Rapid Response Team continues to implement an aggressive protocol to reduce exposure to emerging contaminants in drinking water.


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For more information about grant awardees, please see this interactive map of grant awardees:

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