Southern New England Receives Millions for Water Infrastructure Projects

By ecoRI New staff

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island millions to help finance improvements to water projects that protect public health and the environment. The money will be primarily used to upgrade sewage plants and drinking water systems, and replacing aging infrastructure.

EPA’s funding provides low-interest loans for water-quality protection projects, improvements to wastewater treatment systems, stormwater runoff management, and improvements to drinking-water systems, with a particular focus on providing funds to disadvantaged communities and to programs that encourage pollution prevention as a tool for ensuring safe drinking water.

Connecticut received $26 million. The sate’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund, administrated by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, received $17.1 million. The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, administrated by the Connecticut Department of Public Health, received $8.9 million.

Massachusetts was awarded $63.7 million. The Clean Water State Revolving Fund, administrated by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust (CWT), received $47.4 million. The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, also administrated by DEP and the CWT, received $16.3 million.

Rhode Island was awarded $18.2 million. The Clean Water State Revolving Fund, administrated by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank (RIIB), received $9.4 million. The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, administrated by the Rhode Island Department of Health and RIIB, received $8.8 million.