​News Briefs: Chicago Secures Federal Loan to Replace Lead Water Pipes

Also in this week's sewer and water news, Texas voters overwhelmingly approve Proposition Six to create a $1 billion water infrastructure fund

​News Briefs: Chicago Secures Federal Loan to Replace Lead Water Pipes

Chicago is receiving a $336 million low-interest loan from the federal government to replace up to 30,000 lead pipes, a move that is expected to create 2,700 jobs. 

The funding comes through the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act and is part of the Biden administration's efforts to address lead contamination in water systems
across the country.

Texas Voters Approve Prop 6 to Create Water Infrastructure Fund

Texas voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition Six, a constitutional amendment that creates a new $1 billion fund to support water infrastructure projects across the state. 

The fund will be administered by the Texas Water Development Board and will focus on fixing aging pipes, expanding water sources and implementing water conservation measures. A portion of the fund will also be dedicated to developing new water supplies through desalination and treating produced water. The creation of the water infrastructure fund is a significant step in addressing Texas' growing water needs.

NUCA Releases Statement On EPA Appropriations Bill Passage

NUCA CEO Doug Carlson recently issued a statement on House passage of the FY2024 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies appropriations bill, H.R. 4821. Carlson calls the legislation "catastrophically flawed," saying that it will cut nearly $2 billion in annual funding from the EPA's Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.

“Water systems all around the country are relying on that funding to move forward to serve their constituents, and cannot afford to ‘make do with less.’ It is now up to the Senate to save America’s clean water resources," says Carlson.


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