Gov. Andrew Cuomo touted a $2.5 billion bond for water quality and infrastructure upgrades contained in the state budget, saying in Auburn on Wednesday it wasn’t a “cheap solution” to a statewide problem.

Cuomo was in Auburn ostensibly to highlight the state’s efforts to cleanup Owasco Lake, one of the Finger Lakes which has been targeted for filtering of blue-green algae.

“The $2.5 billion is obviously a lot of money, but it’s a statewide problem,” Cuomo said. “It’s not a cheap solution to this, but you don’t want a cheap solution to this.”

Elsewhere, communities in eastern upstate New York have been under the strain of chemical contamination, with problems arising in Hoosick Falls, Petersburgh and Newburgh.

Cuomo blamed a trio of broad issues for the water problems: Aging infrastructure, the classification of safe levels of chemicals by the Environmental Protection Agency and economic development.

“It’s threatened by development. It’s threatened, quite frankly, by the success of our economy,” Cuomo said, pointing to home building and the success of the state’s Greek yogurt industry.

“We’ve done a lot of things to stimulate the agricultural industry and that’s great,” he said. “But that also generates issues and a lot of those issues end up in the water.”

The $2.5 billion approved in the state budget includes money for a variety of quality control concerns, upgrades and testing, but some environmental organizations believe it is only a fraction of what is needed to strengthen the state’s water needs.

Cuomo wrapped the concerns in a broader message about conservation.

“Your basic responsibility is to leave the place better than you found it,” he said. “Every philosopher says that. Every religion says that in its own way.”