Recovery Funding Clean Water and Drinking Water Infrastructure
Putting people to work for clean, safe drinking water and a cleaner environment
The Recovery Act 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 Recovery Act 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 Recovery 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 double the typical annual allocation for drinking water systems, and six times the typical annual allocation for waste water systems. The Recovery Act funds are in addition to the traditional 2008 and 2009 SRF allotments states are eligible to receive. In addition to traditional infrastructure, the Recovery Act directs states to use 20% of allotted funds as a Green Reserve. Projects funded under the Green Reserve can include water or energy efficiency improvements, green infrastructure to manage stormwater, and other environmentally innovative activities. Learn more about water program funding available from the Recovery Act.
To the extent that a state has eligible projects, 20% of the funds are to be used for green infrastructure, water or energy efficiency, or other environmentally innovative activities. Further, the usual 20% state match for SRF funds has been waived in order to expedite the expenditure of these funds so that job creation and economic benefit is maximized. Learn more about the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund in the Mid-Atlantic states.
The Recovery 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 (this relates to Section 604(b) of the Clean Water Act). Mid-Atlantic states will share just under $4.3 million for these activities. Read EPA guidance memo - PDF (49 pp., 661 KB, about PDF) on the use of these funds.
Recovery Act Clean Water Projects Where You Live