The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $172.3M to the state of California for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure improvements, and a $1.2M grant to the city of Vallejo for sewer upgrades.
"Investing in water infrastructure with our state partners is a priority for the Trump Administration and ensures communities can deliver safe drinking water and wastewater treatment,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “This funding is critical to supporting public health and environmental goals in California.”
EPA awarded the State Water Resources Control Board a total of $172.3M to capitalize its clean water and drinking water State Revolving Fund programs. These federal funds are supplemented with state funding sources and support California’s water infrastructure needs. Recipients receive low-interest loans for clean water and drinking water projects. As money is repaid to the revolving loan fund, California funds new projects.
“The State Revolving Fund programs allow us to help a wide variety of communities throughout the state,” said State Water Resources Control Board Vice Chair Steven Moore. “But their financial strength and versatility are especially good at helping small and disadvantaged communities that otherwise might not have access to the capital they need to solve their water treatment problems.”
The Clean Water State Revolving Fund received $94.8M to support a variety of water infrastructure improvement projects, including the following:
The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund received $77.5M for drinking water infrastructure improvements to improve public water systems, including the following:
EPA has awarded more than $5B to California’s clean water and drinking water revolving fund 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.
EPA also awarded a $1.2M Special Appropriation Act Project grant to the Vallejo Flood and Wastewater District to replace a deteriorating force main—a pressurized sewer pipe that transports wastewater. The force main, which crosses the Mare Island Strait, has the potential to severely damage the Napa River and adjoining San Pablo Bay in the event of failure. The replacement sewer pipe will provide long-term reliability in conveying wastewater off the island.
For more information on EPA’s State Revolving Fund programs, visit https://www.epa.gov/drinkingwatersrf
For more information on Special Appropriation Act Project grants, visit https://www.epa.gov/grants/special-appropriation-act-projects
SOURCE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency