EPA invites 39 new projects to apply for water infrastructure loans
WASHINGTON – The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that 39 new projects are being invited to apply for loans under the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) and 4 projects are added to a waiting list. The agency predicts that, 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 24 states.
“Far too many communities still face significant water challenges, which makes these transformative investments in water infrastructure so crucial,” said EPA administrator Michael S. Regan. âThe 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. In line with its announced priorities, the WIFIA program makes available $ 1.2 billion in loans to meet infrastructure needs in historically underserved communities. In addition, 14 projects will help protect infrastructure from the impacts of extreme weather events and the climate crisis. New and innovative approaches, including cybersecurity, green infrastructure and water reuse, are included in 24 projects.
By diversifying its geographic scope and the types of borrowers selected, the WIFIA program will also expand the types of projects it supports. For the first time, entities in Connecticut, Delaware and Hawaii are invited to apply. Three small communities, with populations of 25,000 or less, are selected for WIFIA loans totaling nearly $ 62 million. Additionally, seven projects submitted by private borrowers and public-private partnerships totaling over $ 1.5 billion in WIFIA funding are included.
The EPA is also urging state agencies in Indiana and New Jersey to apply for a total of $ 472 million in WIFIA loans through the public infrastructure finance authority’s WIFIA (SWIFIA) program. ‘EPA. EPA’s SWIFIA loans are available exclusively to borrowers from state infrastructure finance authorities, commonly referred to as State Revolving Fund (SRF) programs, and will allow these programs to fund more infrastructure projects. in their states. These programs will combine state resources, annual capitalization grants and flexible, low-cost SWIFIA loans to accelerate investments in drinking water and sanitation infrastructure to modernize aging systems and tackle new contaminants.
WIFIA invited projects include:
- Baltimore City Department of Public Works (Md.): $ 36 million for the 2021 Water Infrastructure Advancement project.
- Charlotte Water (NC): $ 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 (Washington): $ 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 (Tenn.): $ 186 million for wastewater compliance and sustainability projects.
- City of Cortland (NY): $ 12 million for the Homer Avenue Gateway project.
- City of Memphis (Tenn.): $ 44 million for stormwater upgrades.
- 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 (Wis.): $ 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 (Colombia): $ 130 million for the Water2025 project.
- City of Wichita (Kan.): $ 181 million for the Wastewater Recovery Plant Biological Nutrient Removal Improvement Project.
- Hawaii County (Hawaii): $ 24 million for Hawaii’s wastewater treatment upgrades.
- EPCOR Foothills Water Project Inc. (Oregon): $ 76 million for the Lake Oswego Wastewater Treatment Replacement Project.
- Fishers Island Water Works Corporation (NY): $ 14 million for the improvement of the water system.
- Gainesville (Florida) Regional Utilities: $ 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 seawater.
- St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) (Mo.): $ 278 million for the MSD Clear Project – Deer Creek Watershed System and Lemay Service Area Upgrades.
- Metro Water Services (Tenn.): $ 186 million for the Omohundro and KR Harrington Water Treatment Plant Process Advancement Project.
- Narragansett Bay Commission (RI): $ 28 million for Field Point Resiliency Improvements.
- New Castle County (Del.): $ 32 million for the Christina River Mainline Rehabilitation Project.
- Project 7 Water Authority (Colombia): $ 39 million for the Ridgway water treatment plant.
- Rialto Water Service LLC (California): $ 68 million for micro-grid and system upgrades.
- San Francisco (California) Public Utilities Commission: $ 618 million for Wastewater Capital 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 for Sharyland Water Supply Corporation’s water system infrastructure improvements.
- South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority (Conn.): $ 20 million to improve the Whitney Lake Dam and Spillway.
- Tualatin Valley Water District (Oregon): $ 16 million for the water system improvement program.
- United Water Conservation District (California): $ 52 million for the Santa Felicia Safety Improvement Project.
- Upper Santa Ana River Watershed Infrastructure Financing Authority (California): $ 177 million for the Watershed Connect project.
- Village of New Lenox (Illinois): $ 70 million for Phase 1 improvement projects.
Waitlist projects have also been announced and include:
- American Infrastructure Holdings (SD): $ 20 million for the Sioux City Biosolids in Fertilizer Project.
- Lake Restoration Solutions, LLC (Utah): $ 893 million for the Lake Utah restoration project.
- Northern Water (Colombia): $ 464 million for the Northern Integrated Supply Project – Glade Reservoir Complex.
- Southland (Illinois) Water Agency: $ 479 million for the Southland Water Agency infrastructure system.