EPA Awards Millions to Arizona
The EPA has awarded more than $27 million to help improve water quality and public health in Arizona.
The Water Infrastructure Finance Authority (WIFA) will use the funds to provide low-cost loans for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure upgrades. WIFA’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund provides financing for municipal wastewater treatment projects, while its Drinking Water State Revolving Fund provides financial assistance for basic drinking water infrastructure for both public and private drinking water systems.
EPA has awarded more than $240 million in federal funding for Arizona’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund from inception of the program. WIFA increases the investment in Arizona by leveraging the federal dollars on the bond market. WIFA’s Clean Water Revolving Fund reached $1.4 billion in assistance provided cumulatively, with a total of 171 wastewater treatment projects funded through 2012. The funds are used for a wide variety of water quality projects, including nonpoint source pollution control, watershed protection or restoration, water and energy efficiency projects, wastewater reclamation, and traditional municipal wastewater treatment projects.
“One of the best things about WIFA is our ability to help communities throughout Arizona with their water infrastructure needs,” said WIFA Executive Director, Sandy Sutton. “Not only are we able to award very low-interest rate loans, we also offer incentives for green projects and even further financial incentives for disadvantaged communities. For some communities, this is their only option when it comes to improving or upgrading their water infrastructure.”
The state revolving funds are EPA’s primary tools for helping communities meet their continuing and significant water infrastructure needs. Each state maintains revolving loan fund programs to provide low-cost financing for water quality infrastructure projects, and the EPA will continue to invest in Arizona’s water improvements.