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Environmental Groups to Urge NY to Invest in Water, Sewer

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Wikipedia

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New York state needs to find tens of billions of dollars to keep its water and sewer systems working well and several environmental groups say lawmakers need to get to work to find the money.

Environmental Advocates of New York, the Adirondack Council and four other organizations are kicking off an effort to persuade leaders in Albany to devote at least $800 million next year toward the cost of repairing and upgrading the state's water infrastructure.

The environmental groups plan to launch a campaign Tuesday to set aside some of the state's recent legal settlements with financial institutions to help address the problem.

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