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Today, March 22, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is celebrating World Water Day and releasing its 2023 Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) annual report. The report highlights $3 billion in water infrastructure investments across the country. These investments in local communities protect public health and the environment, create good-paying jobs, and help support affordable water bills compared to alternative financing options.    

“This World Water Day, EPA is celebrating historic investments we’re making in the nation’s water infrastructure to secure the health and wellbeing of millions of Americans,” said EPA Acting Assistant Administrator for Water Bruno Pigott. “Last year, we committed $3 billion through our WIFIA loan program and more through President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. These federal dollars are at work in your neighborhood, making drinking water safer and wastewater systems more effective while creating thousands of good-paying jobs.”    

From Philadelphia (pdf) to St. Louis and San Francisco (pdf), WIFIA loans finalized in 2023 are benefiting communities across the country by providing lo w-interest loans for critical water infrastructure projects. In 2023, EPA closed $3 billion in WIFIA loans supporting water infrastructure in 10 states and strengthening drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater systems that support 16 million people. Through these loans, communities and water systems are saving approximately $1 billion while project construction and operation

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