EPA announces $63 million in federal funding for Utah drinking water

SALT LAKE CITY — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday announced $63 million in federal funding to help improve water infrastructure in the state, including drinking water.

More than $50 billion has been allocated to the EPA by President Biden’s bipartisan Infrastructure Act. This funding helps provide clean, safe and reliable drinking water to communities across the country.

“This bipartisan Infrastructure Act funding will support unprecedented investments in wastewater treatment and drinking water infrastructure in Utah communities,” said EPA Regional Administrator KC Becker. , in a press release. “These projects will create jobs and upgrade and expand the water supply systems that keep our rivers clean and our water safe to drink in every corner of the state.”

Federal funding to help clean water

The grant is the first major distribution of money for water infrastructure from the bipartisan Infrastructure Act.

“We are grateful for the leadership of Senator Romney and everyone who has worked to make this critical funding a reality,” Kim Shelley, director of the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, said in a statement. hurry. “Much of Utah’s water and wastewater infrastructure has reached or exceeded its useful life. We are also facing drought and rapid growth. And communities are struggling to meet the high cost of major infrastructure projects. Funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act will enable these communities to not only meet short-term needs, but also plan for a water-resilient future.

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