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EPA loans Rhode Island $269 m

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will provide a loan to the Narragansett Bay Commission (NBC) for a sewer overflow project in the US.

The nearly US$269 million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan aims to help reduce pollutant discharges caused from overflows from sewers into Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island, US, which mostly occur following heavy rainstorms.

EPA’s WIFIA loan will help fund the Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Phase IIIA Facilities project, which will include a long deep rock tunnel, two work shafts, four drop shafts, a tunnel pump station and several improvements to the wastewater collection system.

EPA New England Regional Administrator Dennis Deziel said EPA is pleased the first WIFIA loan awarded in New England will result in cleaner and healthier water in Narragansett Bay.

“In a major storm event, this CSO construction project will keep approximately 60 million gallons (add litres) of water contaminated with raw sewage, metals, oil, grease and bacteria from being discharged directly into Narragansett Bay,” Mr Deziel said.

The CSO Phase IIIA Facilities project costs, equalling US$548 million, will be supported by the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank through co-funding from the Rhode Island Clean Water State Revolving Fund and other programs in addition to the WIFIA loan.

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the WIFIA loan will help improve water quality in the Narragansett Bay and protect the health of residents.

“With this loan closing, EPA has now issued 12 WIFIA loans totalling over US$3 billion in credit assistance to help finance over US$7 billion for water infrastructure projects and create over 12,000 jobs.”

For more information visit the EPA website.

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