Wednesday, November 29, 2023

EPA Region 3 Awards Nearly $387 Million For Clean Water, Drinking Water Infrastructure Upgrades In Pennsylvania

On November 29, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it has awarded Pennsylvania $386,932,000 to support clean water efforts and to better deliver safe drinking water across the state. 

Most of this funding, $340,612,000, came from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law which is the largest federal investment in water infrastructure in our nation’s history. This BIL funding will supplement the $46,320,000 in FY 2023 funding appropriated to Pennsylvania’s Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRFs).  

“These awards show that EPA is not just a regulator – but is a funder and partner,” said EPA’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Adam Ortiz. “The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law ensures communities most in need and those grappling with emerging contaminants such as PFAS have access to funding that will deliver cleaner and safer water for generations to come.” 

EPA awards grants to states annually to capitalize the State Revolving Funds (SRFs) which provide low or no interest loans for water infrastructure projects. Pennsylvania will use this money to help communities across the state fund necessary water projects that some borrowers may not have been able to afford otherwise.  

In Pennsylvania, these funds are administered by the PA Infrastructure Investment Authority.

“Pennsylvania’s water will always be a top priority for the PA Department of Environmental Protection,” said DEP Interim Acting Secretary Jessica Shirley.  “This funding will support infrastructure projects that enhance clean water efforts across the state, further providing recreation opportunities and protecting drinking water.” 

Click Here for the complete EPA announcement.

For more information on intended projects for this funding in Pennsylvania, please visit the PennVEST/DEP State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plan webpage.

[Posted: November 29, 2023]  PA Environment Digest

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