The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that $62,283,000 will be given to Utah for necessary drinking water infrastructure upgrades through the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF).
Drinking Water State Revolving Fund
This Drinking Water State Revolving Fund has been made possible by the $6 billion boost from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The EPA has increased investments available to rebuild the US’s water infrastructure to ensure that every community has access to safe, clean drinking water.
The EPA is committed to protecting the health of Utah’s population by ensuring that the water flowing into their taps is reliably safe for the foreseeable future. The funding provided is an invaluable investment in public and environmental health.
Progress has already been made in Utah under the first wave of DWSRF allocations, including subsidies and loan forgiveness for disadvantaged communities near Spanish Fork and Cedar City. These funds will help these communities develop plans for upgrades to their privately-owned water supply systems.
Aim of the DWRSF Infrastructure
The Biden-Harris Administration aims to strengthen the US’s water infrastructure while providing significant resources to address key challenges, such as climate change, emerging contaminants like per and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), and cybersecurity.
The DWSRF allotments to states are based on the results of the EPA’s 7th Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment (DWINSA). The survey is required by the 1996 Safe Drinking Water Act, assessing the nation’s public water systems’ infrastructure needs every four years.
The findings of the survey are used to allocate DWSRF grants to states. The drinking water utilities need $625 billion in infrastructure investments over the next 20 years to ensure the nation’s public health, security, and economic well-being.