A bill introduced May 7 in the Senate would award states and nonprofit organizations about $39 billion in grants from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over a 5-year period to support water quality projects and programs.
States could use grant money designated in the bill, the Water Infrastructure Financing Act (S 1005 [http://thomas.loc.gov]), to provide low-interest loans to communities to build or improve wastewater treatment and drinking water facilities. Specifically, the bill allocates $20 billion for clean water programs and $15 billion for safe drinking water programs. In 2009, the combined appropriation for these programs was about $1.5 billion. The bill, introduced by the bipartisan leadership of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, also earmarks additional funds to reduce lead in drinking water and to address combined sewer overflows and agriculture-related water quality issues.
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