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Biden-Harris administration announces $142M for drinking water infrastructure upgrades in New Jersey

Made possible by President Biden's Investing in America Agenda, new funding will help ensure communities have access to clean and safe drinking water

NEW JERSEY – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tuesday announced $142,676,000 to New Jersey essential drinking water infrastructure upgrades across the nation through the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF).

Thanks to a $6 billion boost from Biden-Harris Administration’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, EPA is increasing the investments available to rebuild the nation’s water infrastructure.

“Every community deserves access to safe, clean drinking water,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “Thanks to President Biden’s historic infrastructure investments in America, we have an unprecedented opportunity to revitalize America’s drinking water systems, support the Biden-Harris Administration’s goal of removing 100% of lead pipes across our country, and protect communities from PFAS pollution.”

“EPA is putting the funding where the priorities are by working with our state partners to deliver clean water to communities, protect public health, and advance environmental justice across New Jersey and the nation.” said U.S. EPA Regional Administrator Lisa F. Garcia. “This funding is part of the once-in-a lifetime investments we are making to transform infrastructure under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.”

“It should be a given that the water New Jersey families are drinking is safe and free of dangerous chemicals. These funds awarded through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will modernize our aging drinking water infrastructure, and help ensure that it is free of lead, PFAS, and other contaminants,” said Senator Bob Menendez. “Not only will these funds improve access to safe drinking water, but also create good paying jobs to support the rebuilding of our vital water systems.”

“Every American deserves access to safe, clean drinking water,” said Senator Cory Booker. “This significant federal investment will help communities across New Jersey—especially those disproportionately harmed by contaminants in water, from PFAS to lead—repair and upgrade aging drinking water systems. I will continue to fight for additional federal dollars that give states the ability to ensure everyone has access to clean drinking water.”

“For years, I’ve been fighting for clean drinking water in our homes and schools by clawing more federal dollars back to Jersey from Washington. With these new investments — secured through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill that I helped shape and pass — we’re helping get lead, forever chemicals, and dangerous PFAS out of New Jersey’s drinking water, while hardening our infrastructure against climate change,” said Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-o5). “This significant investment to address water pollution and contaminants across Jersey will also support our local economies and help create good paying jobs. The more federal dollars that we get back to North Jersey, the less our towns have to charge in local taxes — and I’m all about lowering taxes.”

“Families in every corner of NJ-11 deserve to be able to turn on the tap to get clean drinking water,” said Rep. Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11). “The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which I am proud to have helped pass through Congress, will improve the quality of life of New Jersey families by ensuring our water systems are clean and dependable in our community and nationwide. I am pleased to see these federal dollars support local governments in New Jersey as they work to address water infrastructure challenges and improve public health, without raising taxes.”

“Through its continuing investments in water infrastructure nationwide, USEPA is delivering on the Biden-Harris Administration’s promise to deliver the clean, safe, and affordable drinking water that every American deserves,” said Shawn M. LaTourette, Infrastructure Chair for the Environmental Council of States and New Jersey’s Commissioner of Environmental Protection. “The 2023 drinking water funding allotments reflect our shared state-federal commitment to getting harmful substances, like lead and synthetic chemicals, out of our water and away from our kids. With the added support from USEPA in this year’s allotment, New Jersey and other states can better accelerate their work to rid our communities of the scourge of lead service lines.”

The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to strengthening the nation’s water infrastructure, while providing significant resources to address key challenges, including climate change, emerging contaminants like per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), lead pipes, and cybersecurity.

The DWSRF allotments to states are based on the results of EPA’s 7th Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment (DWINSA). The survey, which is required by the 1996 Safe Drinking Water Act, assesses the nation’s public water systems’ infrastructure needs every four years and the findings are used to allocate DWSRF grants to states. The drinking water utilities need $625 billion in infrastructure investments over the next 20 years to ensure the nation’s public health, security, and economic well-being.

At the direction of Congress, EPA’s 7th Drinking Water Assessment, for the first time included survey questions focused on lead service lines and is projecting a national total of 9.2 million lead service lines across the country. This best available national and state-level projections of service line counts will help advance a unique opportunity to employ a separate lead service line allotment formula for the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law DWSRF Lead Service Line Replacement Funding that is based on need. Almost $3 billion of the funding announced today will be provided specifically for lead service line identification and replacement, taking a key step toward the Biden-Harris Administration’s goal of achieving 100% lead free water systems.

Biden-Harris Administration’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is investing over $50 billion in water and wastewater infrastructure improvements across the country between FY 2022 and FY 2026. In its second year of implementation, $6 billion of Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding will be available to states, Tribes, and territories through the DWSRF. Of that funding, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will invest $3 billion in lead service line identification and improvement, $800 million to address PFAS and other emerging contaminants, and $2.2 billion in other critical drinking water system improvements. Additionally, approximately $500 million will also be available through the DWSRF annual appropriations, established by the Safe Drinking Water Act.

EPA is committed to ensuring every community has access to this historic investment and has centralized increasing investment in disadvantaged communities within its implementation. The implementation of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law calls for strong collaboration, and EPA continues to work in partnership with states, Tribes, and territories to ensure that communities see the full benefits of this investment. In addition, EPA is strengthening its water technical assistance programs to support communities in assessing their water needs and apply for their fair share of this historic investment.

President Biden’s Investing in America agenda is growing the American economy from the bottom up and middle-out – from rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure, to creating a manufacturing and innovation boom powered by good-paying jobs that don’t require a four-year degree, to building a clean-energy economy that will combat climate change and make our communities more resilient.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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