The State of Ohio is getting a massive amount of water project funding through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Specifically, the state will receive more than $241.5 million in funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
Provided by the EPA’s State Revolving Fund programs, the funding will be used to upgrade Ohio’s aging water infrastructure and tackle important water-based issues — i.e., lead in drinking water and per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances(PFAS) contamination.
A breakdown of the $241 million funding includes — $45.2 million to the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund — a financial assistance program used to help water systems that works to achieve the health protection objectives of the Safe Drinking Water Act — $71.1 million for DWSRF lead service line replacement, $19 million for DWSRF emerging contaminants, $101 million for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, and $5.3 million for CWSRF emerging contaminants.
More Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Investments
Ohio is certainly receiving a huge amount of money for water infrastructure investments, but several other states are actually slated for even more assistance through the 2022 State Revolving Fund. For example, California has been allocated $609.4 million in funding, Florida will receive $275.4 million, and New York was granted $428.1 million.
While these investments are large, they’re nothing new. In total, states and tribal nations have received more than $190 in State Revolving Funds since 1988. This low-cost financing has been making local projects across the U.S. possible for nearly 35 years.
Overall Impact of 2022 Bipartisan Infrastructure Funding
In total, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law offers more than $50 billion in funding to the EPA to improve U.S. drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure. The largest investment the federal government has ever made in water, it could bring major changes to communities that need it most.
This financing package places a heavy emphasis on safe drinking water, including $11.7 billion to the SRF, $15 billion to the SWSRF for lead service line replacement, $4 billion to the DWSRF for emerging contaminants, and $5 billion to Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation grants to tackle emerging contaminants.
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