A new report says New York State is making strides on updating its aging water infrastructure, but still calls the situation a "crisis."
The report, named "Untapped Potential," was released Thursday morning by Environmental Advocates of New York. It examines the health of the state's water infrastructure system.
The report suggests the turning point was the 2015 passage of the Infrastructure Improvement Act, known as the WIIA. Grants from the WIIA have helped 53 of 62 counties across the state pay for infrastructure projects.
But the report says more money is required to cover all needs that exist. It calls for $80 billion worth of investments over the next two decades to ensure the safety of our water.
Two main concerns: water main breaks and wastewater treatment plants. The state is still seeing a large number of water main breaks. About a third of the state's sewer lines are older than their life expectancies. This leads to overflows.
About one quarter of the state's municipal water treatment plants have also surpassed their useful life expectancy of 30 years.