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$44 Million Boost for Nevada’s Water Infrastructure: Biden Administration Awards Federal Funds

By TheNevadaGlobeStaff, February 21, 2024 4:50 am

Carson City, NV – Nevada is set to receive over $44 million in federal funding to bolster its water infrastructure, the Biden administration announced on Tuesday. This allocation constitutes the latest tranche of investments from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which has already injected nearly $186 million into water projects across the state.

Targeted Investment and Impact:

  • Approximately half of the new funds will be distributed as grants or forgivable loans, prioritizing underfunded communities with critical infrastructure needs.
  • These resources will fuel various projects through the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) financial assistance programs, empowering local governments to address their specific water infrastructure challenges.

Nationwide Significance:

  • Nevada’s share is part of a larger commitment, with the EPA allocating $5.8 billion nationwide for drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure upgrades. This marks the most significant federal investment in water infrastructure in U.S. history.
  • According to EPA Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator Martha Guzman, the initiative aims to guarantee “safe, readily available and clean water” for all Americans, with a particular focus on underserved communities.

Existing Successes:

  • The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law has already facilitated projects like the construction of a drinking well on the Colorado River by the Las Vegas Valley Water District, enhancing water storage capabilities.
  • Across the country, the law has supported various other initiatives, including efforts to remove “forever chemicals” from water supplies and replace lead water lines.

Moving Forward:

  • This latest round of funding signifies the ongoing commitment to improving water infrastructure in Nevada and across the nation.
  • By prioritizing underserved communities and supporting diverse projects, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law aims to ensure equitable access to clean and reliable water for all.

Credits: Review Journal

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