EPA announces major funding for Texas drinking water and wastewater improvements

Texas – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has pledged a significant sum for the improvement of Texas’ water infrastructure, enhancing the state’s drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater systems.

This financial boost is part of the broader Biden administration’s Bipartisan Infrastructure law, which allocates over $50 billion towards water infrastructure upgrades nationwide. Texas’ share of this investment amounts to $358,980,000, a portion of a $5.8 billion investment directed through the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRF). The SRF is known for its pivotal role in the EPA’s water investment strategies, aiming to bolster water infrastructure across the United States.

The allocated funds for Texas are designed to support critical water infrastructure projects that are vital for protecting public health and preserving water bodies throughout the state. Notably, almost half of this funding will be available as grants or principal forgiveness loans, specifically targeting underserved communities that are in dire need of water infrastructure investments.

EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan highlighted the significance of this investment, stating, “President Biden’s Investing in America agenda continues to transform communities for the better with this latest infusion of funds for critical water infrastructure projects.” He emphasized the historic nature of this investment, marking it as the largest in the nation’s history for water infrastructure. This initiative by the EPA is set to ensure safer drinking water for residents and rebuild essential clean water infrastructure, safeguarding public health for generations to come.

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