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More Than $2.4B Announced for Water Infrastructure Improvements Across the Country

The funding comes from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

More than $2.4 billion will be made available for improving certain water infrastructures across the country, the EPA announced earlier today.

Through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, the $2.4 billion will go toward “states, Tribes, and territories” to help better water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructures, according to a news release. Of these funds, about 50 percent will be accessible to underserved communities as “grants or principal forgiveness loans.”

EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan said in the news release, “Not only will these funds expand access to clean water and safeguard the environment, but more underserved communities that have been left behind for far too long will be able to access them.”

The agency also announced how much funding—which comes from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law—some areas will be receiving. Almost $166 million will go to California; $256 million is slated for New York; nearly $18 million will go to Hawaii; more than $104 million was announced for Illinois; and $28 million will be for American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.

“President Biden has been clear—we cannot leave any community behind as we rebuild America’s water infrastructure,” said EPA Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator Martha Guzman in a second news release. “Through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Pacific Trust Territories will be able to fund clean water projects, ensuring small, rural, and disadvantaged communities have access to these critical water resources.”

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Alex Saurman is the Content Editor for Environmental Protection.

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