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EPA Announces $13.8M WIFIA Loan to Improve Drinking Water Quality in Great Neck, New York

GREAT NECK, NY — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces a $13.8-million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan to the Water Authority of Great Neck North, New York, to help finance infrastructure upgrades that will modernize its water treatment plant to better address potential contaminants and better protect public health.

“For the City of Great Neck — and communities across the country — safe drinking water is foundational to health and opportunity,” said EPA Assistant Administrator for Water Radhika Fox. “This WIFIA loan will help finance critical upgrades to Great Neck’s water treatment facility to mitigate challenges with chemicals like 1,4-dioxane and PFAS that can negatively impact our health.”

The Water Authority of Great Neck North’s Watermill Lane Water Treatment and Watermain Upgrade Projects will improve drinking water quality for the system’s 32,000 users. The projects include PFAS and 1,4-dioxane treatment system installation for three of the authority’s wells, water main upgrades, and fire protection improvements along two main corridors of the service area.

The WIFIA loan will finance nearly half of the $28 million of initial project costs. The remaining project costs will be funded by revenue bonds and borrower cash. The projects construction and operation are expected to create an estimated 224 jobs and construction is expected to be completed in 2022.