Memphis, Tenn., secures $42.1 million loan for water infrastructure upgrades

(UI) — Gov. Bill Lee and TDEC Commissioner David Salyers announced a $42.1 million loan for Memphis to enhance its water infrastructure. The loan, approved by the Tennessee Local Development Authority, is part of a statewide effort to improve water systems.

The funding, sourced from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund Loan Program, will address various upgrades, including infiltration and inflow corrections, lateral reinstatement, and manhole rehabilitation. With a 20-year term and a 1.36 percent interest rate, Memphis received $2.5 million in principal forgiveness.

These low-interest loans, available through the State Revolving Fund Loan Program, offer communities, utility districts, and water authorities better financing options than private sources. This year, TDEC allocated significant funding for drinking water and clean water projects, totaling $107,868,750.

Since its establishment, Tennessee's Clean Water State Revolving Fund Loan Program has provided over $2 billion in low-interest loans, ensuring sustainable water systems across the state.

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