The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $2.7 billion nationwide in support of water infrastructure via State Revolving Funds (SRFs) — including an award of $252.8 million for California. SRF funding assists states with infrastructure projects that protect surface water and provide safe drinking water to communities across the United States.
In addition to the SRF award, $42 million was awarded to California this year under the Additional Supplemental Appropriation for Disaster Relief Act (ASADRA). The one-time ASADRA funds will provide funding for drinking water facilities and wastewater treatment works impacted by wildfires in 2018.
According to the EPA’s 6th Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment, published in 2018, $472.6 billion is needed to maintain and improve the nation’s drinking water infrastructure over the next 20 years – with California demonstrating the greatest need of all states: a total need of $51 billion (in 2015 dollars.)
“The nation’s drinking water utilities need $472.6 billion in infrastructure investments over the next 20 years for hundreds of thousands of miles of pipe, as well as thousands of treatment plants, billions of gallons of storage, and other key assets to ensure the public health, security, and economic well-being of our cities, towns, and communities,” states the EPA report.
The EPA notes that, “Investments in water systems not only provide assurances of continued delivery of safe drinking water to American homes, schools, and places of business, they are key to local economies across the United States.” The Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) estimates that adding one job in water and sewer creates 3.68 jobs in the national economy to support that job.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)