Arkansas to get $53,099,000 from Biden Administration to upgrade water system

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DALLAS, Tex. (KNWA/KFTA) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced on February 22 that Arkansas will receive $53,099,000 from the Biden Administration’s Investing in America agenda to be used for upgrades to drinking water and clean water infrastructure upgrades.

According to the EPA, the funding is part of a more than $50 billion investment in water infrastructure upgrades from President Joe Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

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The EPA says almost half of the funding will be available as grants or principal forgiveness loans.

“President Biden’s Investing in America agenda continues to transform communities for the better with this latest infusion of funds for critical water infrastructure projects,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “With $50 billion in total, the largest investment in water infrastructure in our nation’s history, EPA will enable communities across the nation to ensure safer drinking water for their residents and rebuild vital clean water infrastructure to protect public health for decades to come.”

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The funding is part of a $5.8 billion investment through the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds.

The Biden Administration plans to fund state-run, low-interest loan programs to address key challenges with $2.6 billion going to the Clean Water SRF for wastewater and stormwater infrastructure and $3.2 billion going to the Drinking Water SRF for drinking water infrastructure nationwide.

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