Aging infrastructure in our communities is costing us greatly. Whether it is a water main break impacting clean drinking water or sewage overflows in water bodies and sometimes, our homes, New York communities continue to face an increased number of clean water incidents.
Just this past October, up to 1 million gallons of sewage spilled into the Cayuga Lake inlet in the Finger Lakes while the City of Syracuse suffered its 305th water main break of the year. Much more than minor inconveniences these types of incidents pose a serious threat to our health and public safety.
So far this year communities have requested over $6 billion for wastewater infrastructure repairs alone, and the New York State Comptroller has identified an $800 million annual funding gap.
Although Environmental Advocates and our partners fought for and won a new $200 million grant program in the New York State budget last year for local communities to fix their pipes and repair aging water infrastructure, it is not nearly enough to meet the needs of our communities.
Your story can make a difference in helping our elected officials understand how great the need is in our communities to help us address clean water issues. Want to know more about clean water issues in our communities and what Environmental Advocates is doing to help? Check out the resources below and share your story with us today!