FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 10, 2022
City of Kingston Awarded $100,000 in Engineering Planning Grants
KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce that the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation has awarded $100,000 in Engineering Planning Grants to the City of Kingston.
Governor Kathy Hochul recently announced $300 million in grants to municipalities and public authorities across the state for water infrastructure projects that protect public health or improve water quality. Planning grants help fund the development of an engineering report, which is required in the Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) financing application process. Engineering Planning Grants help municipalities advance fiscally sound and well-designed projects to construction.
City of Kingston was awarded $50,000 for a Pump Station Study and $50,000 for a Waste Water Treatment Plant Upgrades Study.
“To make sure we are meeting NYSEFC requirements on our much-needed waste water projects, these grants will allow us to conduct the proper studies needed to develop construction documents and apply for grant funding to do the work,” said Mayor Noble. “Properly processing our waste water is crucial, and we want to make sure we are doing so in the most efficient, environmentally sound, and reliable way possible. We thank EFC for the opportunity to prepare studies to help us do just that.”
About the Pump Station Study: The City of Kingston owns and maintains 18 pump stations. The average age of the pump stations is 40 years, and the need for various upgrades has been identified. These upgrades would improve reliability, resiliency, and would reduce maintenance and repair needs. With the EFC grant, the City of Kingston will produce a study identifying and prioritizing needs at the pump stations, which may include repairs, rehabilitation, or replacement of components or pump stations in their entirety.
About the Waste Water Treatment Plant Upgrades Study: The headworks structure at the Waste Water Treatment Plant receives daily flows of up to 10.2 million gallons per day (MGD), with annual average flows of around 5 MGD. The current equipment, which is crucial for daily operations of the WWTP, is outdated. Upgrades will prevent failures and disruptions to the process. Modern replacements will result in energy savings, process improvements, increased capacity, and improved reliability. The study will identify and prioritize the needs, and will serve as the basis for developing construction documents for future upgrades. The study will also support applications for grant funding the projects.
More information at https://efc.ny.gov/efc-awards-300-million-grants.