EPA awards $78M to N.J. for clean water projects

The Environmental Protection Agency reported today it has awarded $78 million to New Jersey to help finance improvements to water projects essential to protecting public health and the environment.

The funds will primarily be used to upgrade sewage plants and drinking water systems, EPA said.

“The EPA is committed to improving water quality throughout New Jersey,” said EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck in a release.

The Clean Water State Revolving Fund program received $57.7 million. The program provides low-interest loans for water quality protection projects to make improvements to wastewater treatment systems, control pollution from rain water runoff, and protect sensitive water bodies and estuaries.

The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program received $20.17 million. The program provides low-interest loans to finance improvements to drinking water systems, with a particular focus on providing funds to small and disadvantaged communities.

EPA awards $78M to N.J. for clean water projects