New York governor calls for $2B in water projects
In his regional State of the State speech, New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo shared his proposal to invest $2 billion in statewide water infrastructure improvements. The funding would be put towards upgrading filtration systems to eliminate contaminates, improve the longevity of wastewater treatment facilities and prevent runoff.
“We want to fund state of the art drinking water treatment systems that filter out all potential chemicals that could be toxic and dangerous, failing infrastructure pipes and protect drinking water at its source,” Gov. Cuomo said in his speech.
Upgrades to the drinking water would include cleaning the water of lead and connecting areas still on well water with public water systems. Improvements on the wastewater side would include upgrades to increase capacity at wastewater plants and connecting septic customers in more densely populated areas with sewer systems.
This expense would the largest the state has ever made in revitalizing its drinking water and wastewater infrastructure.