EPA Program Recognizes Innovative Water Infrastructure Projects
Since 1987, the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) has provided more than $126 billion to American communities for water infrastructure projects, including construction of wastewater treatment facilities, green infrastructure, and nonpoint-source pollution control efforts. In October 2017, the SRF’s Performance and Innovation in the SRF Creating Environmental Success (PISCES) Program acknowledged the success of recent water infrastructure projects across the country that have used financial assistance from the SRF. The projects were recognized for their notable water quality, public health, or economic benefits.
EPA chose five “Exceptional Projects” that showed excellence in reaching clean water goals for their communities, as well as in improving water infrastructure innovatively and sustainably. For example, the Sewer Service Line Replacement Program Exitin Little Rock, Arkansas, was the first to use SRF dollars to reimburse homeowners for replacing their sanitary sewer service lines. The project allowed homeowners in the community to benefit from low-interest SRF financing while improving the performance of the sewer system as a whole. Other Exceptional Projects include:
- Yorklyn Brownfield, a wetland project in Delaware
- Akron Storage Basin, a separation project in Ohio
- The T.F. Green Airport glycol recovery system in Rhode Island
- The Tacoma-Pierce County sewage system program in Washington
Twenty-three other projects, ranging from wastewater reuse systems and combined sewer overflow mitigation solutions to wetland projects and green infrastructure installations, were chosen as “Honorable Mentions” and “Recognized Projects.” The full list and compendium of 2017 PISCES recognitions.