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Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming will receive funding for clean drinking water

(AGENPARL) – Rome, May 3, 2024

(AGENPARL) – May 02, 2024 Published: May 2, 2024 (6:37 p.m. EDT)
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Financing for clean drinking water
EPA announces $3 billion to replace lead pipes nationwide
DENVER – Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced millions
of dollars from President Biden's Investing in America agenda to help
Identify Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming and
Replace lead service lines to prevent lead exposure from drinking
Water. Each state will receive over $28.6 million.
Lead can cause a number of serious health effects, including irreversible damage
on brain development in children. To protect children and families, President
Biden has committed to replacing every lead pipe in the country. Today
Announcement funded by the bipartisan infrastructure bill and available
through EPA’s successful Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF).
another important step to advance this work and the administration's commitment
to environmental justice. This funding builds on government leadership
Pipe and Paint Action Plan and EPA's Get the Lead Out Initiative.
“EPA is committed to protecting the health of all Americans by providing care
The water that flows into their taps is safe and reliable,” EPA Regional said
Administrator KC Becker. “Everyone deserves clean drinking water, and this
Financing the exchange of lead service lines underlines our commitment
This particularly occurs in disadvantaged communities.”
Together, the EPA and the State Revolving Funds are driving development forward
The President's Justice40 initiative aims to ensure that 40% of the total benefits
Certain federal investments go to disadvantaged communities
marginalized by underinvestment and overburdened by pollution. Exposure to lead
Communities of color and low-income families are disproportionately affected. The
The total funding announced so far under this program is expected to be up to 20%
up to 1.7 million lead pipes across the country, ensuring clean drinking water
countless families.
The bipartisan infrastructure bill invests a historic $15 billion in identification
and replace leading service lines. The law requires 49% of the allocated funds to be allocated
through the DWSRF General Supplemental Funding and the DWSRF Lead Service Line
Replacement funding (LSLR) must be provided in the form of grants and forgivable loans
disadvantaged communities, a critical investment for communities that have been disadvantaged
Too little has been invested for too long.
The EPA predicts a total of 9 million service lines nationwide
Country, based on data collected from the updated 7th Drinking Water Ordinance
Survey and assessment of infrastructure needs. The funding announced today is for
Perform service line identification and replacement, assisting each state and
Territorial Fund projects to remove lead pipes and reduce lead exposure
Drinking water.
The Lead Service Line-specific formula used to allocate these funds allows states
to receive financial support that meets their needs as quickly as possible
possible, thereby promoting the protection of public health nationwide. The formula and
Allocations are based on need, meaning states with a larger projected lead
Service lines receive proportionately more funding.

In addition to the funding announced today, EPA is issuing a new memorandum
clarifies how states can use these and other means to achieve reductions most effectively
Exposure to lead in drinking water. The EPA has also developed a new range
Documents that help water systems educate their customers about drinking water
Problems, health effects of lead exposure, pipe ownership and how
Customers can help identify potential leading service lines
their houses.

For more stories about the bipartisans' unprecedented investments, click here
Infrastructure laws are transforming communities across the country, visit
EPA Storymap “Investing in America’s Water Infrastructure.” To read more
Information about some other ongoing projects can be found in recent EPA reports
released a quarterly report on clean water funded by the bipartisan infrastructure bill
and drinking water SRF projects and explore the State Revolving Funds Public
Portal.
Today's allocations are based on EPA's updated 7. Drinking Water
Survey and assessment of infrastructure needs (DWINSA). To date, this is the best
Available data collected and assessed on service line materials in the United States
Later this summer, EPA will release an addendum to the 7th DWINSA report
Congress, which will contain the updated forecasts for the leading service line. EPA
expects to initiate data collection, including lead service information
Lines, for the 8th DWINSA in 2025.

Further information, including the federal allocation of funds for 2024 and a
A breakdown of EPA's flagship Drinking Water State Revolving Fund can be found here
EPA drinking water website.
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