In a recent announcement, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded more than $30.8 million for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure improvements in Arizona, and the City of Prescott will receive a part of the award for centralization of its wastewater treatment plant.
“These funds will be used for numerous local projects that will boost the economy while improving water systems,” said EPA Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator Mike Stoker. “EPA is committed to investing in local infrastructure to benefit the communities we serve.”
EPA awarded the funding to Arizona’s clean water and drinking water State Revolving Fund (SRF) programs. These federal funds are supplemented with state funding sources, which together provide low-interest loans for wastewater and drinking water infrastructure projects. The state’s Clean Water SRF administered by WIFA, received almost $11 million to support a variety of water infrastructure improvement projects. Prescott’s portion of the award will be used by the City to centralize its wastewater treatment system. Once complete, the system will be able to direct sewage to the recently expanded Airport Water Reclamation Facility. The project will also include improvements to several trunk mains and construction of a lift station. Centralization will reduce the City’s operating and maintenance costs and eliminate odor complaints from the previous Sundog plant. As money is repaid to the revolving loan fund, Arizona funds new infrastructure projects.
“These infrastructure improvements will directly benefit thousands of Arizonans by improving access to healthy drinking water and modernizing wastewater treatment,” said Arizona’s Water Infrastructure Finance Authority (WIFA) Executive Director Trish Incognito. “Through a collaborative relationship with EPA to fund these projects, public health and the environment are better protected for all of Arizona.
“This award will be an important part of funding our wastewater centralization project,” said Prescott Mayor Greg Mengarelli. “I want to thank our staff for pursuing this opportunity, and the EPA for making the award available.”
EPA has awarded more than $693 million to Arizona’s clean water and drinking water revolving fund programs since their inception in 1988 and 1996, respectively. These funds support Arizona’s efforts to address an estimated $16 billion worth of water infrastructure needs.
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For more information about the City of Prescott’s centralization of wastewater treatment project, go to http://bazooka.prescott-az.gov/water-sewer/wastewater/wastewater-treatment/ or call 928-777-1637.