(WETM) – Hundreds of millions of dollars are coming to towns and counties around New York State to improve water infrastructure, including more than $32 million to the Southern Tier.

Governor Hochul announced the grant money on April 19, saying that over $206 million of the total $638 million amount will go toward drinking water projects that treat “emerging contaminants”. Towns, Villages, and Counties across the Southern Tier will receive more than $32 million for various distribution, pollution, treatment, and storage improvements.

This includes a $25 million grant for Chemung County Wastewater Treatment Plant. The funding will support the county’s efforts to combine two aging wastewater treatment plants and perform upgrades that will help meet state standards and improve the water quality by reducing nitrogen and phosphorus discharged to the Chemung River and Chesapeake Bay Watershed. 

Hornell Mayor John Buckley said that the grant for the City’s Water Pollution Control Plant will go to a project that’s been in the works for years and will be split into phases. This grant money will go toward improving the digester and influent and return sludge pump systems. “This grant will take some of the burden off our local tax base as the total project (Phase 1A and 2A) will be in excess of $5 million dollars”, Buckley said.

Hochul said the grants will create 35,000 jobs and save New Yorkers around $1.4 billion.

“Modernizing our state’s water infrastructure is critical to ensuring every New Yorker has access to clean drinking water,” Governor Hochul said. “Protecting the public health of New Yorkers will always be a top priority for my administration and this funding is a testament to that commitment. We will continue working collaboratively with every level of government to empower localities with the funding they need to improve water quality statewide.” 

ProjectApplicantProject CostGrant Amount
Distribution and Storage UpdatesVillage of Addison$1.69 million$1.014 million
Phase I Distribution Improvements & GeneratorsVillage of Bath$9 million$3 million
Water Pollution Control Plant ImprovementsCity of Hornell$4,758,200$1,189,550
WD No. 5-Smith Valley Ponderosa Dr ExtensionTown of Big Flats$2,917,509$1,318,505
Chemung County WWTP ConsolidationChemung County$150 million$25 million
Sewer District No. 1 WPCP Nutrient RemovalTown of Owego$1,582,000$395,000
Wastewater Treatment Plant UpgradesVillage of Penn Yan$531,000$265,500
NYS Governor’s Office

A full list of grant recipients can be seen here.