WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (WENY) -- Watkins Glen is getting $18.5 million in no interest loans and grants from the state to upgrade the Village's water system. Of the $18.5 million, five million will come from grants with the rest coming in the form of a short-term interest-free financing.

"These low-cost financings and grants are the building blocks for municipalities to modernize and protect their critical water infrastructure," Governor Kathy Hochul said, adding, "My administration will continue to tackle clean water issues head-on with strategic investments that will benefit New Yorkers for generations to come."

On Friday Hochul announced $143 million in financial assistance for seven water infrastructure improvement projects across the state. Upgrades scheduled for Watkins Glen include a new raw water pump station, new pressure filters at the water treatment plant, a new approximately 500,000-gallon storage tank, existing storage tank upgrades, replacement of roughly 40,000 linear feet of water main and more. 

"Investing in water infrastructure is critical to protecting communities from water pollution that threatens public health and the environment," said Basil Seggos, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner and Environmental Facilities Corporation board chair.

Watkins Glen Village officials said that while the money is welcome news, there is no concrete date as to when construction will begin. 

Regionally the Village of Penn Yan in Yates County is set to get $167,500 short-term interest-free financing, a $132,750 WIIA grant and $132,750 from a CWSRF grant for disinfection improvements at Village's waste water treatment plant.