U.S. EPA Announces Water Infrastructure Funding

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded Bipartisan Infrastructure Act (BIL) funding to the nation’s first 18 states for water infrastructure improvements on September 16.

BIL is allocating more than $50 billion to the EPA to repair the nation’s critical water supply infrastructure, helping communities access clean, safe and reliable drinking water, build resilience, collect and treating wastewater to protect public health, clean up pollution and protect vital waterways.

More than $1.1 billion in capital grants from funding has been awarded to 18 states through the State Revolving Funds (SRFs), with additional capital grants to come. The grants mark the first major distribution of funds for water infrastructure. State allocations were previously announced.

“All communities need access to clean, reliable, and safe water,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “Thanks to the leadership of President Biden and the resources of the historic bipartisan Infrastructure Act, we are repairing aging water infrastructure, replacing lead service lines, cleaning up contaminants, and making our communities more resilient to flooding and climate impacts. .”

“President Biden has been clear: we can’t leave any community behind as we rebuild America’s infrastructure with the bipartisan Infrastructure Act,” said White House Infrastructure Coordinator Mitch Landrieu. “Because of its bipartisan Infrastructure Act, nearly half of the SRF’s incremental funding will now be in the form of grants or forgivable loans, making it easier to access these critical water resources for small, rural and disadvantaged communities. .”

EPA’s SRFs are part of President Biden’s Justice40 initiative, which aims to deliver at least 40% of the benefits of select federal programs to underserved communities. In addition, nearly half of the funding available through SRFs is to be principal forgiveness grants or loans that remove barriers to investing in critical water infrastructure in underserved communities across the country. rural America and in urban centers.

The EPA has awarded SRF capital grants to 18 states, including: Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.

The funding announced today represents FY22 rewards for states that submitted and received EPA approval for their funding utilization plans. Capital grants will continue to be awarded, on a rolling, state-by-state basis, as more states receive approval throughout FY22; states will also receive awards over the next four years. Once the grants are awarded, state programs will begin providing the funds in the form of grants and loans to communities in their state.

BIL presents the biggest financing opportunity ever to invest in water infrastructure. To learn more about these infrastructure funding programs and other programs that help communities manage their water resources, visit the EPA’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law page.

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