Environmental Groups Urge NY To Invest In Water, Sewer

Dec 8, 2015

New York state is again the beneficiary of billions of dollars in financial settlement money and environmental groups say a good chunk of it should go toward the state's aging water and sewer systems.

Environmental Advocates of New York, the Adirondack Council and several other environmental groups launched a campaign Tuesday to urge leaders in Albany to devote at least $800 million next year toward the cost of repairing and upgrading the state's water infrastructure.

They say the state is sitting on $2 billion in unbudgeted settlement funds that could help address the problem.

Estimates are that New York will need to spend nearly $80 billion over the next 20 years to maintain its drinking water and sewer systems.

Lawmakers will begin work on the state's new budget next month.

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