EPA Selects Orange County Project To Apply For Water Infrastructure Loan
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has invited the Orange County Water District to apply for a $124 Million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act loan. The Water District submitted a letter of interest to EPA in April 2017 and was selected from a group of projects that represent large and small communities from across the United States.
“Rebuilding America’s infrastructure is a critical pillar of the President’s agenda,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “These large-scale projects will improve water quality for 20 million Americans, especially those communities that need it the most – such as rural and urban communities.”
EPA received a letter of interest from the O.C. Water District about enhancements to the district’s groundwater replenishment system. The project will expand the existing water recycling plant from 100 million gallons a day to 130 million gallons a day by using treated wastewater from the Orange County Sanitation District Plant #2. The project will add another 31,000 acre-feet of water supply each year, enough water to supply more than 75,000 households, and reduce the amount of imported water needed from Northern California and the Colorado River.
“The Orange County Water District’s new project could help Orange County to become more self-sustainable,” said Michelle Steel, chair of the Orange County Board of Supervisors. “It would create a greater water supply for residents and reduce the need for imported water.”
Other entities selected to apply for WIFIA loans in California, and their respective project types, are:
- San Francisco Public Utility Commission – wastewater treatment
- City of San Diego – water recycling
- City of Morro Bay – water recycling
EPA fact sheets on the 12 prospective projects can be found at: www.epa.gov/wifia/wifia-fy-2017-selected-projects-summary-factsheets. For more information about the WIFIA program, visit: https://www.epa.gov/wifia.