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Plumbing systems provide institutional and commercial facilities with a reliable supply of water to support vital operations and activities. The challenge for maintenance and engineering managers is to ensure comprehensive inspection, testing and maintenance of these systems so they can deliver these benefits – and do so sustainably. Now, the federal government is providing funding to make sure municipal water systems that provide water to facilities do so safely.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced over $2.4 billion from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for states, tribes, and territories through this year’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF). The funding will support communities in upgrading essential water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure that protects public health and water bodies across the nation. Nearly one-half of the funding will be available as grants or principal forgiveness loans helping underserved communities across America invest in water infrastructure.
The $2.4 billion is the second wave of funding made possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and builds on the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to invest in America. In May 2022, EPA announced the initial allotment of $1.9 billion from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to states, tribes and territories through the CWSRF. That money is supporting hundreds of critical water infrastructure projects around the country.
President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law makes over $50 billion available for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements across the country between fiscal years 2022 and 2026. This investment in water infrastructure is addressing key challenges, including climate change and emerging contaminants like per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
Dan Hounsell is senior editor of the facilities market. He has more than 30 years of experience writing about facilities maintenance, engineering and management.
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