ALBANY — A federal study shows New York needs $29.7 billion in essential upgrades to long overlooked water and sewer systems nationwide over the next 20 years.
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is set to announce a bill that would provide federal funding nationwide for what he calls critical repairs.
He says Wednesday that 35,000 to 50,000 jobs are expected to be created for every $1 billion spent.
Upstate communities need $7.2 billion and downstate needs $22.5 billion in upgrades over the next 20 years.
The federal help would meet a need municipal officials have long said is a growing and costly concern, especially in Northeastern states like New York with systems built starting more than a century ago.
Schumer says that without federal funds, the cost will be borne by local taxpayers.