EPA Awards Idaho $14.6 Million for Clean Water Projects

From the EPA: 

SEATTLE - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it is awarding $14.6 million to Idaho’s clean water and drinking water revolving funds to help finance improvements to water projects that are essential to protecting public health and the environment. The funds will be used to finance water quality protection and drinking water projects that will last far into the future.

 "Investments in water infrastructure are part of our back-to-basics agenda,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “We will work with Idaho and our other state partners to continue to provide clean, safe water.”

The $14.6 million in additional funding announced today will be used across Idaho for water quality projects that will reduce water pollution, improve municipal drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, make projects more sustainable by increasing water and energy efficiency, and provide technical assistance to communities.

The Clean Water State Revolving Fund program, administered by the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, was awarded $6.4 million. The program provides low-interest loans for water quality protection projects to make improvements to wastewater treatment systems, control pollution from rain water runoff, and protect sensitive water bodies and estuaries.

Since 1987, Idaho has received more than $200 million in annual CWSRF capitalization grants. Combined with state match and repayments, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality has provided more than $552 million in low-interest CWSRF loans for water quality and wastewater projects. Some of the projects that have received funding through the CWSRF include:

  • Wastewater lagoon upgrades in Franklin
  • Improvements to sewer and wastewater treatment system in Ashton
  • Installation of collection system, lift station, and lift station control building for West Bonner Water & Sewer District

Read the full EPA press release here.

Learn more about the EPA's Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) here.  

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