Wisconsin to receive $ 850 million in federal funding to improve and support drinking water

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MADISON, Wisconsin (WSAW) – New federal funding for Wisconsin will help solve three water safety issues, including PFAS, lead and nitrates.

“Clean water is critically important to keeping our children, families and communities healthy and safe. People should be able to trust the water that comes out of their taps, which is why making sure every Wisconsinite has access to safe, clean drinking water has been a top priority for my administration, ”said Governor Evers. “Whether it’s tackling contaminants like nitrates or ‘eternal chemicals’ like PFAS or replacing lead pipes, the bipartisan infrastructure bill will allow us to continue the important work that we are doing. have done to improve the water quality in our state. “

The Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau estimates that Wisconsin will receive $ 347 million in potable water and $ 522 million in revolving loan funds for potable water over the next five years. This funding includes a minimum of $ 95 million in grants to tackle emerging contaminants such as PFAS and $ 255 million to replace lead service lines.

Governor Tony Evers said on Wednesday that the federal infrastructure bill contained an array of expanded programs with substantial new sources of funding for Wisconsin, including $ 142,703,000 for the 2022 allocation to revolving loan programs. of the State financing hydraulic infrastructure projects.

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