US earmarks $7.5bn to improve nation’s water infrastructure

A pipe in Mount Rainier National Park, Washington State (Kim Nelson/Dreamstime)
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched a $7.5bn fund as part of the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA).

Low-interest loans will be awarded to infrastructure for drinking water, wastewater and stormwater projects.

The WIFIA programme was founded in 2014 and has previously provided $19bn for 109 projects, creating 60,000 jobs.

This branch of financing will be WIFIA’s seventh, with priority given to:

  • Investment in “economically stressed” areas
  • Lead service line replacements
  • Addressing contaminants
  • Drought resistance

Michael Regan, the EPA’s administrator, said: “When we invest in water, we support healthy people, economic opportunity, environmental protection and good paying local jobs.

“This new funding from the WIFIA programme – coupled with President Biden’s historic $50bn investment in water through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law – bolsters EPA’s efforts to ensure communities across the country have solid water infrastructure and reliable access to safe and clean water.”

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