- Associated Press - Monday, August 17, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state has extended $114 million in zero- and low-interest loans to help cities and towns around the state pay for drinking water and wastewater projects.

The state’s Environmental Facilities Corp. approved the loans on Thursday. They will finance work on 16 wastewater plants and four drinking water systems.

Several of the projects are intended to protect water systems from severe storms that can overwhelm municipal water plants and drainage pipes.

The cities and towns receiving the funding are scattered throughout the state and include Onondaga County, Erie County and five projects in Westchester County.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the loans will help cities pay for needed work to protect the environment, prepare for extreme weather and provide necessary services to residents.

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