Funding boost for clean water infrastructure

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced $73.7 million (€67 million) from President Biden’s Investing in America agenda for Colorado drinking water and clean water infrastructure upgrades.
The funding is part of the over $50 billion (€46 billion) investment in water infrastructure upgrades from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law – the largest such investment in American history.
The announcement will support essential water infrastructure that protects public health and treasured water bodies across the state. Almost half of this funding will be available as grants or principal forgiveness loans, ensuring funds reach underserved communities most in need of investments in water infrastructure.
“Over the past three years, EPA has invested nearly $300 million (€277 million) for new and upgraded wastewater and drinking water services in Colorado communities through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law,” said EPA regional administrator KC Becker.
“These projects are building new treatment systems and hard infrastructure, creating jobs, and securing healthy watersheds and safe drinking water across the state.”
“Coloradans deserve to know the water they and their children drink is safe,” said Senator Michael Bennet. “This funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is an important investment to deliver reliable drinking water for more communities in Colorado. I’ll keep pushing for additional funding to ensure every community receives the resources they need.”
“Access to clean, safe water is a crucial building block to improve public health and foster thriving communities in Colorado and beyond,” said Representative Brittany Pettersen. “Especially in our state, we know all too well how precious and fragile our water resources are—and this investment will not only help us ensure access to drinking water, but also install infrastructure upgrades to serve generations to come. Democrats and the Biden Administration are delivering investments like these to build a healthier, more resilient Colorado and America.”

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