Governor Lamont Applauds $53 Million in Federal Funding to Connecticut for Water Infrastructure Improvements

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09/17/2022

Governor Lamont Applauds $53 Million in Federal Funding to Connecticut for Water Infrastructure Improvements

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today applauds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement that the State of Connecticut is receiving more than $53 million in funding from the President Joe Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure law for water infrastructure improvements.

The bipartisan Infrastructure Act allocated more than $50 billion to the EPA to repair the nation’s critical water supply infrastructure, which helps communities access clean, safe and reliable drinking water, increase resilience, to collect and treat wastewater to protect public health, clean up pollution and safeguard vital waterways. The grant marks the first major distribution of funds for water infrastructure through the bipartisan Infrastructure Act.

The state plans to use the funding for lead pipe replacement projects in New London and Waterbury, as well as PFAS treatment projects in New Fairfield and Danbury. A host of other projects are expected to be funded across the state through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act, which will significantly increase cities’ ability to meet their infrastructure needs.

“Drinking water is a right, not a privilege” Governor Lamont said. “Thanks to President Biden’s bipartisan Infrastructure Act and the work of our incredible Congressional delegation, we are not only making commutes faster and safer, we are also improving the health and well-being of our children and our families. families. Whether our residents live in one of Connecticut’s smallest towns or one of its largest cities, they will have the opportunity to benefit from this once-in-a-generation investment. »

“We are so fortunate to have additional funding for our state clean water revolving fund to address many of the significant infrastructure issues in our aging water systems,” Connecticut Public Health Commissioner Manisha Juthani, MD, said. “However, the additional investment through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act to address lead and emerging contaminants is historic. Lead service line replacement along with PFAS treatment are two priorities for the Department of Connecticut Public Health The mission of every public health initiative in Connecticut is viewed through the lens of health equity, and the bipartisan Infrastructure Act will address these important issues in some of our most vulnerable communities.

EPA’s State Revolving Funds (SRF) are part of President Biden’s Justice40 initiative, which aims to provide at least 40% of the benefits of select federal programs to underserved communities. In addition, nearly half of the funding available through SRFs through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act is to be principal forgiveness grants or loans that remove barriers to investing in critical water infrastructure in underserved communities. served across rural America and in urban centers.

In fiscal year 2022, the six New England states received a total of $484,744,421, nearly half of which is available as grants or principal forgiveness loans that remove barriers to investing in critical water infrastructure in underserved communities across rural America and in urban centers. The fiscal year 2022 allocation is the first of five years of $43 billion in dedicated SRF funding for the EPA that states will receive through the bipartisan Infrastructure Act. For more than 30 years, SRFs have been the foundation of water infrastructure investments, providing low-cost financing for local projects across America. However, many vulnerable communities facing water challenges have not received their fair share of federal water infrastructure funding. Under the bipartisan Infrastructure Act, states have a unique opportunity to correct this disparity.

The funding announced today represents fiscal year 2022 rewards for states that have submitted and received EPA approval of their funding utilization plans. Capital grants will continue to be awarded, on a rolling state-by-state basis, as more states receive approval throughout fiscal year 2022. States will also receive awards over the next four years. . As grants are awarded, state SRF programs can begin distributing the funds as grants and loans to communities in their state.

EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan said, “All communities should have access to clean, reliable and safe water. Through the leadership of President Biden and the resources of the historic bipartisan Infrastructure Act, we are repairing aging water infrastructure, replacing lead service lines, cleaning up contaminants, and making our communities more resilient to flooding and climate impacts.

White House infrastructure coordinator Mitch Landrieu said“President Biden has been clear – we can’t leave any community behind as we rebuild America’s infrastructure with the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act. Because of his Biden Infrastructure Act, nearly half of the funding Additional SRF will now be made up of grants or forgivable loans, which will facilitate access to these essential water resources for small, rural and disadvantaged communities.

EPA Regional Administrator David W. Cash said, “The historic bipartisan Infrastructure Act funds critical water infrastructure projects throughout New England, especially in historically underserved locations. No one should be worried when they turn on their tap and it is essential to ensure safe drinking water and wastewater treatment services for communities in the region. We are proud to work with states, tribes and communities to realize these unprecedented investments. »

US Senator Richard Blumenthal said“Much of Connecticut’s water and sewer infrastructure is very old and in desperate need of upgrades to ensure safe drinking water and clean rivers and streams. Thanks to the bipartisan law on infrastructure, dozens of communities across the state will receive millions of dollars to upgrade their water infrastructure. This unprecedented federal investment will enable cities and towns from New Haven to Hartford to Litchfield and beyond to replace lead water pipes with safer alternatives, to initiate PFAS treatment projects and to make other essential improvements to their wastewater treatment facilities. I am happy and proud to see these funds paid to Connecticut and I will continue to fight for federal government support and funding for these important projects.”

Congressman John Larson said“Every person in our country deserves access to clean, reliable water, and that’s one of the reasons we worked to pass the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act in Washington. lead to protecting our community from flooding, I’m proud that this funding is flowing directly back into Connecticut to ensure our neighbors can live happy, healthy lives.

Congressman Joe Courtney said, “We passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act in Congress last winter, and we’ve already seen the new law complete and launch all kinds of great projects that will set our cities up for economic success and to improving the quality of life Increased investment in infrastructure provides us with improved public transit, much-needed repairs to some of our most iconic bridges and railways, and all sorts of other local priorities that are off the to-do list. The IIJA is providing these increased investments for the next four years, and they will also help strengthen our cities’ critical water infrastructure. Projects such as replacing old pipes supply, flood mitigation, treatment of PFAS and investment in sanitation systems are expensive, but they are essential to daily life. e and to the economy of our region, and they are of crucial importance for the protection of our environment. Today, the IIJA provides our state with historic funding to complete these types of water infrastructure projects in cities across our region. This is a big win for our cities and for our natural heritage in Eastern Connecticut, and it will create even more jobs.

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro said“The Bipartisan Infrastructure Act has been groundbreaking, especially for cities like New Haven and West Haven. Investing in water infrastructure will help us address municipal water pollution statewide. to ensure that all families in Connecticut have access to clean, safe, and reliable drinking water and that the state has appropriate water supply infrastructure to prevent flooding, protect public health, and secure our waterways.

Congressman Jim Himes said“Every American deserves access to clean, safe drinking water. This is the kind of essential infrastructure improvement that was planned when we passed the legislation earlier this year, and I am thrilled that this federal funding is used to benefit Connecticut residents.

Congresswoman Jahana Hayes said, “Access to water is essential to everyone’s health and safety. Thanks to the historic Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, critical lead replacement and PFAS treatment projects will finally take place in the Fifth District, ensuring clean water for our communities. These improvements will remove harmful chemicals that threaten the health of children and families and are known to cause lifelong illnesses. I am firm in my commitment to strengthening our water infrastructure and will continue to advocate for clean water solutions.

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