ICYMI: NBC NEWS: INFRASTRUCTURE DOLLARS HEADING TO STATES FOR WATER, LEAD PIPES

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Includes the Largest Water Infrastructure Investment in U.S. History

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Money from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal is already on its way to states, as the Environmental Protection Agency is distributing $7.4 billion to states, tribes and territories, focused on water infrastructure grants and loan forgiveness, according to NBC News. The Infrastructure Deal contains a historic $50 billion investment in water infrastructure, which will help states update their water systems and replace dangerous lead pipes, with a focus on historically disadvantaged communities.

KEY POINTS:

  • The first major infusion of federal cash from the bipartisan infrastructure law is on its way to states to overhaul the country’s aging water infrastructure and dangerous lead pipes.

  • EPA Administrator Michael Regan said in an interview that it is the “single largest investment in water infrastructure” in the history of the federal government. “This law’s investment in water is nothing short of transformational,” Regan said. “We’re less than three weeks post the president signing this, and we’re hitting the ground running.”
  • “The agency strongly urges states to maximize the potential to remove barriers and prioritize the distribution of grant funds to disadvantaged communities,” Regan wrote. “It is a top priority for the EPA to ensure communities that have historically struggled to access … funding are prioritized.”

Read the full article here.

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