EPA allots over $271M to New York, New Jersey for clean water projects
The Environmental Protection Agency has allotted $197 million to New York State to help finance improvements to water projects that are essential to protecting public health and the environment.
NEW YORK, NY, March 20, 2015 -- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has allotted $197 million to the state of New York as well as $74 million to the state of New Jersey to help finance improvements to water projects that are essential to protecting public health and the environment. The funds will be used to finance water quality protection and drinking water projects that will last far into the future.
The Clean Water State Revolving Fund program was allotted $154,982,000 for New York and $57,378,000 for New Jersey. The program provides low-interest loans for water quality protection projects to make improvements to wastewater treatment systems, control pollution from rainwater runoff and protect sensitive waterbodies and estuaries.
Further, the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program was allotted $42,455,000 for New York and $16,828,000 for New Jersey. The program provides low-interest loans to finance improvements to drinking water systems, with a particular focus on providing funds to small and disadvantaged communities.
"This funding will improve water quality and protect drinking water across New York [and New Jersey]," said EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck. "Clean drinking water and proper wastewater treatment are fundamental to protecting people's health, but aging water infrastructure needs to be upgraded and repaired. EPA's funding helps New York [and New Jersey] to continue its program to invest in drinking water and wastewater systems and protect people's health."
Since 1989, the EPA has awarded over $5.6 billion to New York and $2.3 million to New Jersey through these programs. As communities develop and climate patterns shift, water infrastructure needs can only be expected to grow. Green infrastructure is a cost-effective and resilient approach to water infrastructure needs that provides benefits to communities across the nation.