Guam receives $10M for water infrastructure

NO WATER: A water tanker sits along the road in Barrigada near a site where Guam Waterworks Authority crews were working to a water outage in this August file photo.Guam is receiving $9.95 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to support safer water for the island. Post file photo

Guam is receiving $9.95 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to support safer water for the island. 

The federal agency is awarding a total of $2.7 billion nationwide in support of water infrastructure through the State Revolving Funds. The funding is to assist with infrastructure projects that help protect surface water and provide safe drinking water to communities across the United States.

“EPA is delivering on its commitment to modernize water infrastructure and improve public health and environmental protections in the Pacific Southwest,” said EPA Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator John Busterud. “EPA’s $346.8 million contribution to the State Revolving Funds in the region will enable more communities to make the investments needed to ensure safe drinking water and sanitation.”

EPA is awarding SRF funds to the Guam Waterworks Authority for fiscal year 2020 as a consolidated grant for construction of clean water and drinking water infrastructure improvements in Guam.

In 2020, EPA awarded $1.6 billion nationwide in new federal grant funding for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, including $6.1 million to assist Guam.

This funding is available for a wide range of water infrastructure projects, including modernizing aging wastewater infrastructure, implementing water reuse and recycling, and addressing stormwater.

EPA also awarded $1.07 billion across the country in new federal grant funding for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, including $3.86 million to assist Guam. This funding can be used to help drinking water systems install treatment for contaminants, improve distribution systems by removing lead service lines and strengthen system resiliency to natural disasters such as floods.

Under the CWSRF and DWSRF programs, EPA provides funding to all 50 states and Puerto Rico to capitalize SRF loan programs. The states and Puerto Rico contribute an additional 20% to match the federal funding. U.S. territories receive funding as grants.

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