The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded more than $187.3M to California for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure improvements.
“These funds will be used for 183 local projects that will boost the economy while improving water systems,”said EPA Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator Mike Stoker. “EPA is committed to investing in local infrastructure that will benefit the communities we serve.”
EPA awarded $187.3M to California’s Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) programs. These federal funds are supplemented with state funding sources, which together provide low-interest loans for wastewater and drinking water infrastructure projects. As money is repaid to the revolving loan fund, California funds new infrastructure projects.
“As we deal with an unprecedented demand for clean drinking water, the two State Revolving Fund programs will play a significant role in the State Water Board’s commitment to protect public health and water quality,”said California State Water Resources Control Board Division of Financial Assistance Deputy Director Leslie Laudon. “The funds will address a variety of crucial needs, from upgrading and consolidating small, struggling water systems to recycling wastewater, recharging groundwater and replenishing drinking water supplies. Simply put, these funds help make California water safer, more accessible and sustainable as the state faces a variety of daunting challenges in the years ahead.”
The State’s Drinking Water SRF Received More Than $72.5M For Drinking Water Infrastructure Improvements To Public Water Systems Including:
The State’s Clean Water SRF Received More Than $114.7M To Support A Variety Of Water Infrastructure Improvement Projects, Including The Following:
EPA has awarded more than $5B to California’s Clean Water and Drinking Water SRF programs since their inception in 1988 and 1996, respectively. These funds support California’s efforts to address an estimated $70.5B worth of water infrastructure needs.
For more information on EPA’s SRF programs, visit: www.epa.gov/drinkingwatersrf and www.epa.gov/cwsrf.
For more information on water programs in EPA’s Pacific Southwest Region, visit: www.epa.gov/region9/water.
SOURCE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)