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Biden administration unveils $5.8 billion water infrastructure plan


The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that an additional $5.8 billion will be allocated for water infrastructure projects across the country.

This major investment marks a significant milestone in the nation's ongoing efforts to improve access to clean water and replacing toxic lead pipes. 

The funding, drawn from the bipartisan infrastructure bill signed into law by President Biden, underscores a commitment to address critical infrastructure needs and advance environmental sustainability.

Biden administration unveils $5.8 billion water infrastructure plan

With the latest allocation, totaling $22 billion for water infrastructure projects nationwide, the money will go toward modernizing and upgrading water systems in all 50 states. 

The infusion of funds from the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure law, a key legislative victory for the Biden administration back in 2021, is aimed at bolstering economic growth and promoting public health and safety.

Vice President Kamala Harris and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan appeared together Tuesday afternoon at an event in Pittsburgh, where they emphasized the importance of collaboration. 

Their involvement underscores the administration's commitment to implementing infrastructure initiatives.

The allocations include more than $50 billion to enhance America's water infrastructure, marking what the administration says is the largest-ever investment in clean water in American history. 

The White House says the funding signals a recognition of the urgent need to address aging infrastructure, mitigate environmental risks and ensure access to clean and safe drinking water for all communities.

Other allocations include $3.2 billion for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, which will support upgrades to water treatment plants, distribution systems and the replacement of lead pipes. 

Additionally, $1 billion has been allocated for seven major rural water projects in underserved rural communities. Another billion dollars will support Great Lakes drinking water projects, part of the administration's focus on protecting vital freshwater resources.

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