Water infrastructure funding awarded to New England states
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded millions in funding to six New England states to help finance improvements to water projects that are essential to protecting public health and the environment.
BOSTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded millions in funding to six New England states to help finance improvements to water projects that are essential to protecting public health and the environment. The funds will be primarily used to upgrade sewage plants and drinking water systems, as well as replacing aging infrastructure. The breakdown is as follows: $15.6 million to the State of Vermont, $18.2 million to the State of Rhode Island, $22.7 million to the State of New Hampshire, $63.7 million to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, $19.6 million to the State of Maine, and $26 million to the State of Connecticut.
The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) program in each of these states received a significant portion of the moneys. EPA’s funding in this area 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.
Additionally, the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) program in these states received a portion of the overall funding in the form of low-interest loans to finance improvements to drinking water systems, with a particular focus 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 beginning of this program, EPA has awarded approximately $380 million to Vermont, $443 million to Rhode Island, to $600 million to New Hampshire, $1.9 billion to Massachusetts, $497 million to Maine, and $734 million to Connecticut for the construction, expansion and upgrading of clean water infrastructure resulting in decreased pollution entering waterbodies throughout the state.
As communities develop and climate patterns shift, water infrastructure needs are expected to grow. Green infrastructure is a cost-effective and resilient approach to water infrastructure needs that provides benefits to communities across the nation.