New Grants Available for Local Drinking Water & Wastewater Improvements

water & sewer grantsThe New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) and the New York State Department of Health (DOH) announced last week that $50 Million in water & sewer grants is now available!

Laberge Group is available to assist you with your grant application and engineering design from concept to completion. Please contact us today to get the process started as Round 1 grant applications are due September 4, 2015.

Clean Water Grants

This year, EFC will allocate $30 million in grant funding for clean water (wastewater) projects that improve water quality. Applicants seeking grant funding for wastewater projects may receive up to $5 million in grant, not to exceed 25% of the project cost after discounting other grant funds.

Per the enacted state budget, EFC shall consider and give preference to projects that meet EFC’s hardship criteria with a focus on an applicant’s median household income among other factors. Priority will also be given to wastewater projects that mitigate combined sewer and storm water overflows, as well as for projects that increase resiliency by protecting wastewater collection and treatment systems from sea level rise and damage from extreme weather.

Project examples include:

  • Rehabilitation of wastewater treatment plants or other facilities.
  • Repair, rehabilitation or replacement of sanitary sewers.
  • Sludge treatment or disposal facilities.
  • Energy initiatives, including energy efficiency and on-site power generators for wastewater treatment plants and sewer systems.
  • Relocation of critical equipment to less flood-prone areas of a facility and/or elevation of critical structures.
  • Installation of physical barriers around a facility.
  • Installation of backup generators that service pump stations or other collection system facilities.
  • Prevention of saltwater damage to materials and equipment.
  • Separation of combined sewers that will result in a reduced flooding risk.
  • Separation of combined sewer and storm pipes.
  • Construction of CSO storage or treatment facility.
  • Green infrastructure projects that remove water from a CSO or SSO system.
  • Sewer repair, rehabilitation or replacement projects that help eliminate discharges caused by:
    • Inflow and Infiltration.
    • Undersized sewer mains.
    • Damaged/blocked sewer mains.
    • System bottlenecks.

Drinking Water Grants

This year, EFC and DOH will allocate $20 million in grant funding for drinking water projects that protect public health. Applicants seeking grant funding for drinking water projects may receive up to $2 million in grant, not to exceed 60% of the project cost after discounting other grant funds.

Per the enacted state budget, EFC and DOH shall consider and give preference to projects that meet EFC’s hardship criteria and result in the greatest reduction in risk to public health.

Project examples include:

  • Installation or replacement of transmission and distribution mains.
  • Rehabilitation or development of new drinking water sources to replace contaminated supplies.
  • Installation or upgrade of water treatment facilities to improve drinking water quality.
  • Installation or upgrade of pumping and storage facilities, including finished water reservoirs.

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