RESNO – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) announced it recently awarded the State of California $174 million to invest in water infrastructure projects.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) received a $79 million grant for its Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and the California State Water Resources Control Board received a $95 million grant for its Clean Water State Revolving Fund. The funding will be used for projects to control water pollution and provide low-cost loans for both drinking water and wastewater infrastructure upgrades statewide.

“In the last 26 years, EPA provided more than $4 billion for California water projects. “Without this investment at the federal level, many communities would not be able to satisfy Californians’ basic needs for clean and safe drinking water.”; said Jared Blumenfeld, Regional Administrator of EPA’s Pacific Southwest Region.

Projects previously supported by the State Revolving Fund include a $34 million loan to Los Angeles County for the construction of a new pumping plant and renovating aging water mains and an $11 million loan to the City of Lathrop to construct an arsenic treatment facility, improve wells and lay down new water mains for over 16,000 residents.

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, drinking water infrastructure improvements, technical assistance, and traditional municipal wastewater treatment projects.

For more information on EPA’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund

Source: USEPA, For more information on EPA’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund

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