EPA invites 39 new projects to apply for water infrastructure loans


EPA’s WIFIA program will provide selected borrowers with innovative financing tools to address pressing public health and environmental challenges

The US EPA has announced that 39 new projects are being invited to apply for loans under the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA).

Four projects are also added to a waiting list. According to the EPA, as funds become available, $ 6.7 billion in WIFIA loans will help fund more than $ 15 billion in water infrastructure projects to protect public health and water quality in the region. 24 states.

“Far too many communities still face significant water challenges, which makes these transformative investments in water infrastructure so crucial,” EPA administrator Michael S. Regan said in the release. EPA press. “The projects invited by WIFIA will provide major benefits such as creating well-paying jobs and safeguarding public health, especially in underserved and underfunded communities. This program is a shining example of the economic and public health opportunities that will be realized under President Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure law.

EPA’s WIFIA program will provide selected borrowers with innovative financing tools to address pressing public health and environmental challenges in their communities. The WIFIA program makes $ 1.2 billion in loans available to meet infrastructure needs in historically underserved communities. 14 of these projects will help protect infrastructure against extreme weather events caused by climate change, and 24 projects will also focus on cybersecurity, green infrastructure and water reuse, the EPA added.

The WIFIA program will also expand the types of projects it supports, the EPA added, saying that for the first time, entities in Connecticut, Delaware and Hawaii can apply. Three small communities are selected for WIFIA loans totaling nearly $ 62 million and seven projects submitted by private borrowers and public-private partnerships totaling over $ 1.5 billion in WIFIA funding are included.

State agencies in Indiana and New Jersey can also apply for a total of $ 472 million in WIFIA loans through the State of State Infrastructure Finance Authority’s WIFIA (SWIFIA) program. EPA.

EPA SWIFIA loans are available exclusively to borrowers from public infrastructure finance authorities.

WIFIA invited projects:

  • Baltimore, Maryland, Department of Public Works: $ 36 million for the Water Infrastructure Advancement 2021 project.
  • Charlotte Water (North Carolina): $ 169 million for the Mallard Creek Sewage Basin Wastewater Collection and Treatment Improvement Program.
  • City of Ashland, Oregon: $ 36 million for a 7.0 million gallon per day water treatment plant.
  • City of Bellingham, Wash.: $ 136 million for the Post Point Resource Recovery Plant Biosolids Project.
  • City of Boise, Idaho: $ 272 million for water renewal utilities capital investment projects.
  • City of Chattanooga, Tennessee: $ 186 million for wastewater compliance and sustainability projects.
  • City of Cortland (New York): $ 12 million for the Homer Avenue Gateway Project.
  • City of Memphis, Tennessee: $ 44 million for stormwater upgrade.
  • City of Oregon City, Oregon: $ 12 million for water rehabilitation, resilience and improvement projects.
  • City of Philadelphia (Pennsylvania): $ 260 million for the Water Department 2021 project.
  • City of Port Washington, Wisconsin: $ 12 million for the water treatment plant improvement project.
  • City of Santa Cruz (California): $ 164 million for the Santa Cruz Water Program.
  • City of Westminster (Colorado): $ 130 million for the Water2025 project.
  • City of Wichita, Kansas: $ 181 million for the Wastewater Recovery Plant Biological Nutrient Removal Improvement Project.
  • Hawaii County (Hawaii): $ 24 million for Hawaii wastewater treatment improvements.
  • EPCOR Foothills Water Project Inc. (Oregon): $ 76 million for the Lake Oswego Wastewater Treatment Replacement Project.
  • Fishers Island Water Works Corporation (New York): $ 14 million to improve the water supply system.
  • Gainesville Regional Utilities (Florida): $ 14 million for the sanitary sewer replacement and improvement project.
  • Helix Water District (California): $ 16 million for the drinking water reliability project.
  • King County, Washington: Framework agreement of $ 287 million.
  • Marin Municipal Water District (California): $ 11 million for Marin Water.
  • St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) (Montana): $ 278 million for the MSD Clear Project – Deer Creek / Lemay Watershed System Upgrades.
  • Metro Water Services (Tennessee): $ 186 million for the process advancement project at Omohundro and KR Harrington Water Treatment Plants.
  • Narragansett Bay Commission (RI): $ 28 million for Field’s Point resiliency upgrades.
  • New Castle County, Delaware: $ 32 million for the Christina River Force Main Rehabilitation Project.
  • Project 7 Water Authority (Colorado): $ 39 million for the Ridgway water treatment plant.
  • Rialto Water Service LLC (California): $ 68 million for micro-grid and system upgrades.
  • San Francisco Utilities Commission (Calif.): $ 618 million for wastewater investment plan resilience projects.
  • Santa Clara Valley Water District (California): $ 575 million for the Pacheco reservoir expansion project.
  • Santa Clara Valley Water District (California): $ 80 million for the Safe, Clean, Natural Water Flood Protection Program.
  • Santa Margarita Water District (California): $ 22 million for the conversion of recycled water.
  • Sharyland Water Supply Corporation (Texas): $ 14 million to improve the water supply system infrastructure of the Sharyland Water Supply Corporation.
  • South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority (Connecticut): $ 20 million to improve the Whitney Lake dam and spillway.
  • Tualatin Valley Water District (Oregon): $ 16 million for the water supply system improvement program.
  • United Water Conservation District (California): $ 52 million for the Santa Felicia Safety Improvement Project.
  • Upper Santa Ana River Watershed Infrastructure Funding Authority (California): $ 177 million for the Watershed Connect project.
  • Village of New Lenox, Illinois: $ 70 million for Phase 1 improvement projects.

Projects on the waiting list:

  • American Infrastructure Holdings (South Dakota): $ 20 million for the Sioux City Biosolids Fertilizer Project.
  • Lake Restoration Solutions, LLC (Utah): $ 893 million for the Lake Utah restoration project.
  • Northern Water, Colorado: $ 464 million for the Northern Integrated Supply Project – Glade Reservoir Complex.
  • Southland Water Agency (Illinois): $ 479 million for the Southland Water Agency infrastructure system.

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