GERMANY, BONN - OCTOBER 12: An ongoing discussion - drinking water from the management, healthy or questionable? Water glass is filled with tap water.(Photo by Ulrich Baumgarten via Getty Images)

New York is spending millions of dollars to upgrade drinking and wastewater systems. 

Thursday Governor Cuomo announced that the state would be giving about eleven million dollars in grants for projects in the city of Rensselaer and more than one million to the town of Prattsville in Greene County. 

This is part of a more than 60-million-dollar statewide infrastructure initiative. 

Cuomo said this funding is critical to protect public health and preserve natural resources.

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