Hawai‘i Receives Over $18M for Water Infrastructure

The US Environmental Protection Agency today awarded the Hawai‘i Department of Health a $10.3 million grant for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and an $8.3 million grant for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund for projects to renew water infrastructure. The state Department of Health will provide low-cost loans to the counties to upgrade drinking water and wastewater facilities. In Hawai‘i, where most of the wastewater treatment occurs along the coast, funding will modernize aging systems, and make facilities more energy and water efficient. Statewide, the total infrastructure needs for both clean water and drinking water are estimated at $3 billion. “This new funding represents the progress the EPA and the Hawai‘i Department of Health have made to restore Hawai‘i’s eligibility to receive these kinds of federal investments,” said Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “This significant funding will help modernize our water systems and ensure we have safe, clean drinking water for generations to come.”

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