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Recovery Funding for Clean Water and Drinking Water Infrastructure

Putting people to work for clean, safe drinking water and a cleaner environment

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 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 Act also 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 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 more than double the typical annual allocation for drinking water systems.

To the extent that a state has sufficient eligible projects, 20% of the funds are to be used for projects to address green infrastructure, water or energy efficiency, or other environmentally innovative activities. Further, the usual 20% state match for State Revolving Fund Program funds has been waived in order to expedite the expenditure of these funds so that job creation and economic benefit is maximized.

The 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.

The Act provides $60 million nationwide to address wastewater treatment for Tribal communities. Using this money, Tribes will be able to provide sustainable drinking water and wastewater services to its members for years to come.

Recovery Act Water and Wastewater infrastructure Projects Where You Live


Follow this link to find out about clean water funding that is available, and how and when to apply for these grants under the Recovery Act:


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