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Monday, December 7, 2015

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The United States Environmental Protection Agency has awarded more than $165 million dollars to six New England states in support of water projects that safeguard public health and the environment.

The funding is intended to go toward upgrading sewage plants, drinking water systems and replacing aging infrastructure throughout the states, the EPA announced in a series of state-specific press releases.

The grants are to be dispersed as follows:

  • $63.7 million to Massachusetts
  • $26.0 million to Connecticut
  • $22.7 million to New Hampshire
  • $19.6 million to Maine
  • $18.2 million to Rhode Island
  • $15.6 million to Vermont
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The United States EPA has awarded more than $165 million dollars to six New England states in support of water infrastructure projects.

The funding will pay for projects that improve water quality and protect drinking water across the region, providing benefits for decades to come, according to Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA’s New England office.

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

State Water Programs

In the award disbursement, funds were split between each state’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF).

The CWSRF is a federal-state partnership providing communities a permanent, independent source of low-cost financing for a wide range of water quality infrastructure projects.

In this capacity, EPA’s funding provides low-interest loans for water quality protection projects to make improvements to wastewater treatment systems, control pollution from stormwater runoff, and protect sensitive water bodies and estuaries.

The DWSRF is another federal-state partnership meant to ensure safe drinking water by delivering financial support to water systems and to state safe water programs.

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

Here, EPA funding makes available low-interest loans to finance improvements to drinking water systems, focusing on providing funds to small and disadvantaged communities and to programs that encourage pollution prevention as a tool for ensuring safe drinking water.

Since the start of the program, states have received money for the construction, expansion and upgrading of clean water infrastructure. The funds have led to decreased pollutants in bodies of water throughout the states, the EPA said.

As communities develop and climate patterns shift, water infrastructure needs are expected to grow, the EPA said. Green infrastructure is a cost-effective and resilient approach to water infrastructure needs that provides benefits to communities across the nation, it added.

Massachusetts

Of the $63.7 million awarded to Massachusetts this year, its CWSRF, administrated by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) and Massachusetts Clean Water Trust, received $47.4 million. Its DWSRF program, overseen by the same agencies, received $16.3 million.

“State Revolving Fund low- and no-interest loans are the most significant source of financing for cities and towns to improve and enhance their drinking water and wastewater systems,” said MassDEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg.

He added that his state leverages the federal funds to finance up to $400 million annually in projects protecting natural resources and public health, while also boosting the construction and engineering economy throughout the state.

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Since the start of the program, states have received money for the construction, expansion and upgrading of clean water infrastructure.

Since the beginning of this program, EPA has awarded more than $1.9 billion to Massachusetts.

“The Trust has been able to leverage the EPA's grants of $1.9 billion in the bond market creating over $6 billion in subsidized loans to communities throughout Massachusetts,” said Treasurer Deb Goldberg.

Connecticut

Of the $26 million awarded to Connecticut, its CWSRF, managed by the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and Office of the Treasurer (OTT), received $17.1 million.

Its DWSRF, administrated by the state’s Department of Public Health (DPH) and the OTT, received $8.9 million.

“Connecticut has made a tremendous commitment to improving the quality of our waters by making certain wastewater treatment plants in this state are upgraded and modernized to meet the highest standards and through improved management of storm water runoff,” said Robert Klee, Commissioner of Connecticut’s DEEP.

He added that the federal funds help move them forward toward achieving these important water quality goals.

According to Connecticut DPH Commissioner Dr. Jewel Mullen, since the inception of the DWRSF, the state’s DPH has given more than $214 million in loans to community water systems for upgrades and improvements to water treatment plants, pumping stations, storage tanks, and transmission and distribution systems.

Since the beginning of this program, EPA has awarded approximately $734 million to Connecticut.

New Hampshire

Of the $22.7 million given to New Hampshire, its CWSRF, governed by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES), received $13.9 million and the DWSRF program, also controlled by NHDES, received $8.8 million.

“New Hampshire lives on water and this funding will help our cities and towns to deliver our drinking water, manage our storm water, and clean our wastewater,” said Tom Burack, NHDES Commissioner.

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In Connecticut, EPA funds have helped community water systems upgrade and improve water treatment plants, pumping stations, storage tanks, and transmission and distribution systems.

“It is critical for New Hampshire communities to take advantage of the low-interest loans that this funding provides to ensure that quality and affordable water supplies and treatment systems are available to all New Hampshire communities,” he added.

Since the beginning of this program, EPA has awarded close to $600 million to New Hampshire.

Maine

Of the $19.6 million slated for Maine, its CWSRF, run by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Maine Municipal Bond Bank (MMBB), received $10.8 million. The DWSRF program, administrated by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services and MMBB, received $8.8 million.

“Protection and improvement of Maine’s waters is a continual process that takes a collaborative effort between federal, state and municipal governments, funding agencies, and most important the public,” said Avery Day, Acting Commissioner of the Maine DEP.

He added that the funding enables the state to help communities with affordable funding for projects that protect or improve public health and the environment, while at the same time providing sustainability and growth for communities.

Since the beginning of this program, EPA has awarded approximately $497 million to Maine.

Rhode Island

Of the $18.2 million granted to Rhode Island, $9.4 million went to the CWSRF, administrated by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank (RIIB), and $8.8 million went to the DWSRF, directed by the Rhode Island Department of Health (DOH) and RIIB.

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As communities develop and climate patterns shift, water infrastructure needs are expected to grow, the EPA said.

“By continuing to make strategic investments in our water infrastructure, we have water to drink, a cleaner Bay to swim in, and a healthier environment to pass down to our children,” said DEM Director Janet Coit.

She credits the EPA’s partnership and support to the progress the state has made in improving water quality and upgrading aging infrastructure throughout the state.

“Rhode Island is a stronger state because of our robust partnership with the EPA,” said Joseph Dewhirst, Interim Executive Director of the RIIB. He indicated that the RIIB and state agencies will leverage the EPA’s investment to lend municipalities more than $65 million in low-cost loans for water infrastructure projects.

Since the beginning of this program, EPA has awarded approximately $443 million to Rhode Island.

Vermont

Of the $15.6 million targeted for Vermont, $6.8 million was slated for its CWSRF program, controlled by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Vermont Bond Bank, and the DWSRF program, administrated by the same agencies, received $8.8 million.

“We appreciate all that EPA and Vermont’s Congressional Delegation has done to direct these resources to Vermont communities,” said Alyssa Schuren, Vermont DEC Commissioner.

“Water quality and public health will be better protected as these resources are put to work to address Vermont’s serious aging infrastructure challenges and upgrade needs,” she said.

Since the beginning of this program, EPA has awarded approximately $380 million to Vermont.

   

Tagged categories: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Funding; Infrastructure; North America; potable water; Program/Project Management; Tanks; Waste Processing Plant; Wastewater Plants

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