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Sewer systems lose money from budget cuts

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WASHINGTON – Hundreds of millions of dollars was cut from water and sewer projects, and the Capital Region is highly affected.

President Obama cut $400 million from water and sewage projects in the national budget. New York State was supposed to receive $40 million.

"Sewers, we don't pay much attention to them unless they, or unless the sewer tax or water tax, goes way up, and that's gonna happen under the proposal by the President to slash the Clean Water Act, which funds water and sewer by over $400 million," Senator Charles Schumer said.

Upstate New York has 340 sewer projects that have pending applications. If the federal government doesn't help and a sewer fails, the cost of fixing the problem will fall on local taxpayers, or the sewer will have a poor repair and the sewer will keep overflowing.  

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