Environmental Protection

Texas Gets $160 M in Recovery Funds for DWSRF

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded more than $160 million to the Texas Water Development Board, according to a July 8 press release.

This new infusion of money provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will help the state and local governments finance many of the overdue improvements to water projects that are essential to protecting public health and the environment across the state.

“Investing in the economy and the environment is a win-win,” said EPA Acting Regional Administrator Lawrence E. Starfield. “These funds will not only help our economic recovery, but they will help provide safe, clean drinking water for communities throughout Texas.”

The Recovery Act funds will go to the state's Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program. This program provides low-interest loans for drinking water systems to finance infrastructure improvements. The program also emphasizes providing funds to small and disadvantaged communities and to programs that encourage pollution prevention as a tool for ensuring safe drinking water.

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