The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced the availability of $2.6 billion in new funds to assist states, tribes, and territories with improving drinking water and wastewater infrastructure across the country. Of this amount, Washington state will receive $52.2 million.
The EPA stated that, this year, it is making available more than $1 billion in new federal grant funding for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF). This funding can be used for loans that help drinking water systems install controls to treat contaminants such as PFAS and improve distribution systems by removing lead service lines. In addition, more than $50 million in DWSRF grant funding is available to tribes, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia to use for drinking water system upgrades. The DWSRF allotment for Washington is nearly $25 million.
In addition, the EPA is providing approximately $1.6 billion in new federal grant funding for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF). This funding is available for a wide range of water infrastructure projects, including modernizing aging wastewater infrastructure, implementing water reuse and recycling, and addressing stormwater. More than $64 million in CWSRF grant funding is available to tribes, certain U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia for infrastructure projects, the EPA stated. The CWSRF allotment for Washington is nearly $28 million.