SEATTLE (September 16, 2022) — Today, the United States Environmental Protection Agency announced the first major distribution of funds for water infrastructure through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act.
The announcement includes $31 million in additional funding to the Washington State Department of Ecology to capitalize the Clean Water State Revolving Fund grant program.
Additionally, Ecology received $20 million in base funding for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and the Washington State Department of Health received $16 million in base funding for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. .
“All communities should have access to clean, reliable and safe water,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “Thanks to the leadership of President Biden and the resources of the historic bipartisan Infrastructure Act, we are repairing aging water infrastructure, replacing lead service lines, cleaning up contaminants, and making our communities more resilient to flooding and climate impacts. .”
“The Bipartisan Infrastructure Act is a once-in-a-generation investment that allows the EPA and our partners to improve water and infrastructure in our own backyard. We are laying the foundation for decades of safe water to come today and investing in the communities that need it most,” said Casey Sixkiller, EPA Region 10 Administrator.
President Biden’s bipartisan Infrastructure Act allocates more than $50 billion to the EPA to repair the nation’s critical water supply infrastructure, helping communities access clean, safe and reliable drinking water, build resilience, collect and treat wastewater to protect public health, clean up pollution and safeguard vital waterways.
“With the support of the Biden administration and the historic passage of the bipartisan Infrastructure Act, we are now able to direct millions of dollars here in Washington to underserved communities,” said Governor Jay Inslee. “These investments will support vital infrastructure projects for drinking water and wastewater treatment. This is exactly the cooperative approach we need to uplift every community in America.
“Everyone deserves access to clean, safe drinking water – period. That’s why I fought so hard to pass the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act, which will help replace all lead pipes in America within the next 10 years,” said Senator Patty Murray. “I am proud that this bill provides key resources to Washington State that will not only help ensure that families in Washington can access safe drinking water, but will also be put to good use in preventing flooding. , treat sewage and take measures to prevent waterborne diseases to keep our families safe.
The EPA’s State Revolving Funds program is part of President Biden’s Justice40 initiative, which aims to provide at least 40% of the benefits of certain federal programs to underserved communities. In addition, nearly half of available funding is to be principal forgiveness grants or loans that remove barriers to investing in critical water infrastructure in underserved communities across rural America and in urban centers.
“Democrats continue to deliver for the American people. This grant will ensure Washingtonians across the state have access to safe, clean water,” said Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal. “I will continue my work to ensure that our Black, Brown and Indigenous communities, who have been disproportionately impacted by environmental inequalities, are not left behind in our mission to ensure clean air, clean water and a healthy environment for all.
“The bipartisan Infrastructure Act provides critical investments in Washington to help communities fund and launch water infrastructure projects. This is one of the many reasons why I voted in favor of this new law,” said Congressman Derek Kilmer. “This new water infrastructure funding will help ensure that every Washingtonian has safe and reliable drinking water, help communities in their efforts to better cope with floods and climate-fueled disasters, and ensure that we can continue to progress in our work to protect and restore Puget Sound. .”
“I am thrilled to see Bipartisan Infrastructure Act funding being invested in water infrastructure in Washington State! This extra money will help improve drinking water quality, wastewater and stormwater treatment, and address pollutants and toxins in our water supply systems,” said Congressman Kim Schrier. “In Washington, population growth and more extreme storms and flooding mean we need resilient water infrastructure. All Americans should have access to safe and clean drinking water, and I’m proud to have voted for BIL to improve our water infrastructure right here in the 8th arrondissement.
“Safe and clean water is essential to the health and well-being of all of our communities. It is essential that the federal government continue to make these infrastructure investments in Washington State,” said Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland. “I commend the US Environmental Protection Agency for expanding access by providing grant support.”
The funding announced today represents fiscal year 2022 rewards for states that have submitted and received EPA approval of their funding utilization plans.
Capital grants will continue to be awarded, on a rolling, state-by-state basis, as more states receive approval throughout FY22; states will also receive awards over the next four years. Once the grants are awarded, state programs will begin providing the funds in the form of grants and loans to communities in their state.
The bipartisan infrastructure law presents the biggest funding opportunity ever to invest in water infrastructure. To learn more, and about other programs that help communities manage their water resources, visit the EPA’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law page.