Recovery Funding for Clean Water and Drinking Water Infrastructure
Putting people to work for clean, safe drinking water and a cleaner environment
The Recovery Act provides needed money to update infrastructure for our nation's drinking water and wastewater facilities, to ensure clean and safe water for years to come.
Water and wastewater infrastructure are economic engines for communities. Without these services, communities cannot attract businesses. Drinking and wastewater systems generate jobs long after the projects are complete. The Recovery Act will help transform and modernize our aging wastewater and drinking water infrastructure. It will help communities construct new facilities and modernize existing systems to be more effective in providing wastewater treatment and safe drinking water.
The Recovery Act provides a rare opportunity for disadvantaged communities to provide safe drinking water. Financially, these communities cannot afford to build systems or charge high rates necessary to repay loans. The Act offers these communities hope in providing safe water through affordable services.
The Recovery Act provides funds to Clean Water State Revolving Fund Programs (CWSRF) and the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Programs (DWSRF) in the amount of $4 billion and $2 billion, respectively, to create jobs and provide affordable funding for wastewater and drinking water projects. This is double the typical annual allocation for drinking water systems, and six times the typical annual allocation for wastewater systems. The Recovery Act funds are in addition to the traditional 2008 and 2009 SRF allotments states and tribes are eligible to receive. The states are required to provide 50 percent of their allocation as a subsidy to their communities. In addition to traditional infrastructure, the Recovery Act directs states to use 20 percent of allotted funds as a Green Reserve. Projects funded under the Green Reserve can include water or energy efficiency improvements, green infrastructure to manage stormwater, and other environmentally innovative activities. Learn more about water program funding available from the Recovery Act
Region 7 will receive $318 million for the SRFs, and the usual 20 percent state match for SRF funds has been waived in order to expedite the expenditure of these funds so that job creation and economic benefit is maximized. Learn more about the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund in Region 7.
The Recovery Act provides $40 million nationwide for states to conduct water quality planning activities, including outreach and technical assistance, ambient monitoring, water quality standards development, and administration [this relates to Section 604(b) of the Clean Water Act]. Region 7 states will share just under $3 million for these activities.
The Recovery Act provides $735,000 for drinking water infrastructure projects for the public water systems on tribal lands in Region 7. Many of the tribes are in critical need of upgraded drinking water and wastewater services. Using this money, many tribes will be able to provide sustainable drinking water and wastewater services to its members for years to come. Funding under the Recovery Act for water infrastructure projects is in addition to existing annual funding for tribal infrastructure projects.
Recovery Act Clean Water Projects Where You Live
EPA will provide specific information about Clean Water Projects in the Region 7 states. Keep checking back here to find out how the Recovery Plan is helping your community to update wastewater treatment infrastructure, and provide clean drinking water to the public.