May 03, 2016

EPA Doles Out Water Infrastructure Grants

More that $200 million issued for projects in New Jersey, New York and U.S. Virgin Islands

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has allotted $187,379,000 to the State of New York to help finance improvements to water projects essential to protecting public health and the environment. The funds will primarily be used to upgrade wastewater systems and drinking water systems throughout the state.

“The EPA is committed to improving water quality throughout New York State,” said EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck. "This federal funding will help New York communities upgrade their drinking water and sewage treatment systems, both of which are imperative for healthy communities.”

The EPA also set aside $70 million for the state of New Jersey and $8 million for the U.S. Virgin Islands for similar wastewater and drinking water system upgrades.

"Clean drinking water and proper wastewater treatment are fundamental to protecting people’s health, but aging water infrastructure needs to be upgraded and repaired,” Enck said.

The Clean Water State Revolving Fund program, administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation, was allotted $147,479,000.

In New Jersey, the Department of Environmental Protection received $54,598,000 and for the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Public Works, the total was $4,129,000. The program provides low-interest loans to local governments for water quality protection projects to make improvements to wastewater treatment systems, control pollution from rainwater runoff, and protect sensitive water bodies and estuaries.

The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program, administered by the New York State Department of Health, was allotted $39,900,000; the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection saw $15,815,000; and the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources was allotted $4,120,000. The program provides low-interest loans to local governments to finance improvements to drinking water systems, with a particular focus on providing funds to small and low-income communities.

Since 1989, the EPA has awarded $5.8 billion to New York, $2.4 billion to New Jersey, and $78.4 million to the U.S. Virgin Islands through these programs, which are funded annually.

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