The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced an $85 million (€70 million) Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan to the city of San Mateo, California, for a project to reduce sewer overflows.
The announcement complements a separate WIFIA loan of $210 million (€172 million) announced in November 2020 for upgrades to the city’s wastewater treatment plant.
These WIFIA-financed projects will improve water quality in the San Francisco Bay and will help protect public health and the environment through better wastewater management.
“Through WIFIA, EPA is modernising the nation’s water infrastructure in ways that improve public health and environmental protection while creating jobs and supporting local economies,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “Repeat clients are a hallmark of any successful programme, so we are proud to again partner with San Mateo to improve water quality in the San Francisco Bay.”
EPA’s WIFIA loan will help San Mateo protect public health and water quality by increasing its capacity to manage wastewater during storms, alleviating sewer overflows and preventing discharges of partially treated water into the Bay.
Specifically, San Mateo will improve its sanitary sewer collection system by replacing aging lift stations, sewer mains, and manholes and constructing a new wastewater flow equalisation facility.
The project is designed to meet regulatory requirements, eliminate waste discharges, and correct conditions that cause sanitary sewer overflows.
“EPA’s financial support to the City of San Mateo is critical to addressing local wastewater infrastructure needs,” said EPA Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator John Busterud. “Not only will this project reduce sewage overflows and improve recreational use of the San Francisco Bay, it will also create jobs during an especially challenging economic period.”
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