Final Intended Use Plan for the New York State Drinking Water State Revolving Fund

ATTACHMENT 6

Response to Comments on the Draft Intended Use Plan

The DOH received one public comment on the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund's (DWSRF) draft Intended Use Plan (IUP) that was issued on June 28, 2004. The public comment period began on June 30, 2004 and ended on August 13, 2004. The public was also invited to comment on the draft IUP at a hearing held in Albany, New York on July 22, 2004. A number of project specific comments were received and addressed on an individual basis. Specific changes made to the project priority lists included in the draft IUP are provided in Appendix 1.

City of Buffalo and Erie County Water Authority consolidation project

Comment:

The commentor objected to the use of a significant portion of DWSRF monies to finance the proposed consolidation project, citing better uses for the DWSRF monies.

Response:

There are many steps that must occur before the proposed consolidation of the City of Buffalo's public water supply with the Erie County Water Authority can take place. Some of the steps that are required for this proposed project include passing State legislation, obtaining voter approval through a referendum, and meeting DWSRF criteria such as acquiring all permits and demonstrating financial capacity. The DOH and the EFC will carefully evaluate the actual project cost prior to financing with DWSRF monies. The commentor suggests other important alternate uses of DWSRF monies. The DWSRF program is open to any project that meets the eligibility criteria and is based on public health needs, in accordance with 10 NYCRR Part 53.