Albion village approved for $2 million grant for water plant upgrades

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 17 December 2019 at 2:53 pm

The Village of Albion has been awarded a nearly $2 million state grant today, according to announcement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The state Environmental Facilities Corporation has awarded more than $416 million through the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act and the Intermunicipal Water Infrastructure Grant Program to municipalities for infrastructure projects that protect public health or improve water quality.

Albion will receive $1,949,400 or about 60 percent of $3,249,000 project that includes upgrades to the water treatment plant, a pump station and water transmission mains.

The nearby Village of Middleport in Niagara County also was approved for a $137,500 grant towards a $550,000 disinfection project at its sewer plant.

“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.”

To assist with the cost of installing systems to address emerging contaminants, grants for these projects will no longer be capped at $3 million but will cover 60 percent of total capital project costs. Projects eligible for these grants include those which combat emerging contaminants, such as PFOA, PFOS and 1,4-dioxane, with system upgrades and innovative technologies, Cuomo said.

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