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Building the Capacity of Drinking Water Systems

WIIN Grant: Reduction in Lead Exposure Via Drinking Water under SDWA Section 1459B

EPA Announces Availability of $39.9 Million to Reduce Lead in Drinking Water

Authorized under the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act, the Reduction in Lead Exposure via Drinking Water Grant creates a new program under section 1459B of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). Under the new program, $39.9 million is available to assist disadvantaged communities with removing sources of lead in drinking water from drinking water systems and schools.  Projects that use this funding to reduce lead exposure will further the progress made under the Federal Action Plan to Reduce Childhood Lead Exposures  and contribute towards the significant improvement of the health of Americans nationwide. 

On February 19, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the opening of the Request for Applications (RFA). The Agency is seeking applications to fulfill eligible projects/activities under the WIIN grant for two National Priority Areas. The application period will remain open for submissions  through 11:59pm, eastern standard time, on June 1, 2020.

The EPA expects to award four to fifteen assistance agreement awards under two National Priority Areas.

  • One to three awards are anticipated under the Reduction of Lead Exposure in the Nation’s Drinking Water Systems through Infrastructure and Treatment Improvements National Priority Area, with an estimated total of $17,100,000.
  • Three to twelve awards are anticipated under the Reduction of Children’s Exposure to Lead in Drinking Water in Schools and Child Care Facilities National Priority Area, with an estimated total of up to $22,800,000.

Please refer to the RFA for more information on the grant.

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