A project that would improve sewer systems in the village of East Syracuse will receive a $1.4 million grant to offset the project cost from the New York Clean Water State Revolving Fund.
The CWSRF, administered by the Environmental Facilities Corporation, provides loans to communities throughout the state for the construction, replacement and improvement of water infrastructure. For the first time in 20 years, the corporation is offering grants to certain communities as principal forgiveness to offset construction and lending expenses.
"The East Syracuse sewer project is essential for the village and its residents, and the designation of $1.4 million in grant funding will mean significant savings for taxpayers," said State Sen. David J. Valesky (D-Oneida). "It could not come at a better time, and I am grateful to the EFC and CEO Matthew Driscoll for his attention and understanding of its importance."
"For 40 years, the corporation has provided low-cost financing to communities across our state to construct vital water infrastructure projects," Driscoll said. "Undoubtedly, principal forgiveness will provide significant financial relief to communities like East Syracuse in need of urgent and costly sewer infrastructure repairs."
The village of East Syracuse project will mitigate sanitary sewer overflow discharges and systematically reduce infiltration and inflow issues and associated sanitary sewer overflows. Sewer system maintenance and repairs will remove as much infiltration and inflow sources as practical, as well as maintain the system in good working order to avoid future potential sources of infiltration and inflow.
The project will involve performing closed circuit television inspection of approximately 5.5 miles of sewers throughout the village, removal of illicit connections to sanitary sewer systems, conduct sewer system cleaning and flow monitoring, repair sanitary sewer manholes and perform sewer replacement and rehabilitation. After this is completed, the construction of an above ground storage facility for excess infiltration and inflow is planned.