Comptroller: NY could need $40B in drinking water infrastructure repairs

New York’s aging drinking water systems may require significant repairs in the coming years, according to a report released Monday by state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.

DiNapoli said estimates show that $40 billion in repairs and upgrades could be needed for the state’s water infrastructure. He cited water main breaks in Syracuse and PFOA contamination in Hoosick Falls as examples of the need for improvements.

The state Department of Health estimated the cost of drinking water projects will exceed $39 billion. The Environmental Protection Agency’s estimate is $22 billion through 2030.

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