EPA awards $52 million to Washington for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure improvements

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State estimates $253.5 million available for wastewater, $22 million for drinking water

SEATTLE — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it will help fund Washington’s $22 million plan for key clean water projects and a $253.5 million plan to improve wastewater infrastructure.

In addition to this round of funding, Congress recently passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act/Bipartisan Infrastructure Act, which will inject an additional $152 million into the two revolving fund programs of the Washington State in 2022.

“Clean and safe water is a fundamental right, but at the same time something we cannot take for granted,” said Dan Opalski, EPA Region 10 Water Division Manager. “EPA is proud to invest with our state partners in these projects that will benefit the health of Washington communities.

The EPA’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Program provides loans at below-market rates for the construction of drinking water treatment facilities and other essential projects and activities to ensure the provision of clean and safe drinking water at the tap. Loans help communities keep water rates more affordable while addressing local water infrastructure challenges. Similarly, the Clean Water State Revolving Fund helps states fund large wastewater treatment and other water quality projects.

Some of the projects to be funded in the state’s 2021-2022 drinking water plan include:

• $2,455,000 to Kitsap Public Utility District #1 to fund consolidation of Bill Point’s water system and address aging infrastructure.

• $2,012,546 to the town of Omak to install arsenic treatment at the well in Julia Maley Park. The treatment will also eliminate high iron levels.

• $5,050,000 to Skagit County Utility District No. 1 to help fund the Judy Reservoir to Mount Vernon Phase II transmission line project. This project will replace the five mile long main transmission main which is undersized and failing.

• $1,234,500 to the Kiona West Heights Association to replace the community’s only well. The project includes the drilling of a new well, the construction of a new well and the installation of chlorination. The community is eligible for Disadvantage Assistance, so half of the loan amount will be forgiven.

The list of state wastewater treatment projects to be funded includes:

• $3,126,183 to the City of Brewster for collection system and sewage treatment plant infrastructure that is not operating reliably. The community is eligible for assistance to disadvantaged people.

• $1,024,090 to the County of Chelan Utility District for upgrades to the Dryden Wastewater Treatment Facility. The improvements will benefit the Wenatchee River. The community is eligible for assistance to disadvantaged people.

• $424,250 to the Town of Harrington for the modification of the Town of Harrington Wastewater Treatment Plant. The modifications will eliminate leakage from treatment lagoons, prevent contamination of nearby water, eliminate sludge odors and reduce operating costs. The community is eligible for assistance to disadvantaged people.

• $9,004,053 to Town of Stevenson Public Works for two projects. The first is the modernization and expansion of the sewage treatment plant and pumping stations. The second is an addition of approximately 900 linear feet to the collection system. The community is eligible for assistance to disadvantaged people.

• $242,666 to the Yakima County Department of Utilities for upgrading the Buena Wastewater Treatment Facility. The project will upgrade the wastewater treatment facility and provide equipment to improve the monitoring and reliability of the facility. The community is eligible for assistance to disadvantaged people.

Funding sources for the Washington State Clean Water Revolving Fund Planned Use Plan projects include a $24.5 million grant from the EPA (of which $7.6 million will be used for non-project activities) and $4.9 million in government matching funds.

Similarly, funding sources for the planned use plan of the Clean Water State Revolving Fund include a $27.6 million grant from the EPA, $5.5 million in matching funds from the state, as well as $86.5 million in interest and repayments of previous CWSRF loans.

A complete list of Washington DWSRF projects to fund can be found at:
https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/4200/IUP%20EPA%20Year%2025%20Final.pdf

A complete list of Washington CWSRF projects to be funded can be found at:
https://apps.ecology.wa.gov/publications/SummaryPages/2110025.html

For more information on EPA’s state revolving fund programs, go to:
https://www.epa.gov/dwsrf
https://www.epa.gov/cwsrf

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