Texas to receive $358 million to upgrade water infrastructure

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The state of Texas will receive $358,980,000 to upgrade drinking water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The funding is part of an over $50 billion investment in water infrastructure upgrades from a Biden administration Bipartisan Infrastructure law, a release about the funding said.

The funding EPA announced that Texas specifically is part of a $5.8 billion investment through the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRF), one of the EPA’s water investment programs.

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The money for Texas will support essential water infrastructure that protects public health and water bodies across the state, according to the release.

Almost half of the funding will be available as grants or principal forgiveness loans and will “ensure funds reach underserved communities most in need of investments in water infrastructure,” the release said.

“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,” EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan said. “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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