Washington, D.C., awarded $128 million for water infrastructure upgrades

(UI) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the District of Columbia $127,968,093 to support clean water efforts and to better deliver safe drinking water across the District. Most of this funding, $119,248,093 came from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) which is the largest federal investment in water infrastructure in U.S. history. This BIL funding will supplement the $8,720,000 in FY 2023 capitalization grants awarded to the District of Columbia for clean water and drinking water projects.

EPA awards capitalization grants annually to the district for water infrastructure projects. Projects include remediating stormwater to protect stream water quality, increasing sewer capacity to prevent sewage overflows during storm events, and replacing lead service lines for homes across the city.

“The funding from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is critical for our efforts to ensure everyone in the District of Columbia has access to safe drinking water and clean waterways. This unprecedented federal investment in local water infrastructure supports our Lead Free DC program to replace thousands of lead service lines across the nation’s capital at no cost to customers. It will also help us replace aging water mains and make needed upgrades at the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant,” said David L. Gadis, CEO and General Manager of DC Water.

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law delivers more than $50 billion to EPA to improve our nation’s drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure - the single largest investment in water that the federal government has ever made.

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