The State of New Jersey will receive more than $70 million from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds, which will allow the state’s communities to protect public and environmental health.
"Clean drinking water and proper wastewater treatment are fundamental to protecting people's health, but aging water infrastructure needs to be upgraded and repaired," EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck said. "This federal funding will help New Jersey communities upgrade their drinking water and sewage treatment systems, both of which are imperative for healthy communities.”
This year’s contribution’s to the state’s funds will bring the total awarded to New Jersey to $2.4 billion since 1989. Both funds will be administered by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
The Clean Water State Revolving Fund will receive $54.5 million, which New Jersey will use to provide low-interest loans to local governments throughout the state. The funding will allow communities to upgrade their wastewater treatment systems, as well as prevent pollution and protect the state’s waterways.
Additionally, New Jersey will receive just under $16 million for its Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, which will similarly assist local governments throughout the state carry out projects related to their drinking water systems.