Texas Gets $179 M to Address Wastewater Needs

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded over $179 million to the Texas Water Development Board to help local governments finance many of the overdue improvements to wastewater projects.

“Texans know the importance of having clean, safe water,” said EPA Acting Regional Administrator Lawrence E. Starfield. “Under the Recovery Act, EPA is helping protect both the environmental and economic future of communities throughout the Lone Star State.”

The Recovery Act funds will go to the state's Clean Water State Revolving Fund program. This fund program provides low interest loans for water quality protection projects for wastewater treatment, non-point source pollution control, and watershed and estuary management. An unprecedented $4 billion dollars will be awarded to fund wastewater infrastructure projects across the country under the Recovery Act in the form of low interest loans, principal forgiveness and grants. At least 20 percent of the funds provided under the Recovery Act are to be used for green infrastructure, water and energy efficiency improvements and other environmentally innovative projects.

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