ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Officials on Long Island are asking the state of New York for $50 million to help residents replace aging septic systems.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone told The Associated Press on Monday that the investment would improve water quality while protecting one of Long Island's most precious resources for residents, businesses and visitors alike.

Under the septic replacement program residents can apply for up to $10,000 for new septic systems. Older, failing systems have been blamed for a variety of problems including algae blooms, fish die-offs and contaminated beaches.

Bellone says water quality not only affects residential quality of life but also can have a big impact on tourism and the area's overall economy.