A utilities company in California's Inland Empire is getting a $120 million loan to improve its wastewater-recycling efforts, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last month.
The Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA) in San Bernardino County will receive the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan to carry out its proposed Regional Wastewater System Improvements Program (RWSIP), the EPA states in the April 6 announcement. The loan will pay for upgrades at four wastewater treatment facilities, the EPA reports.
Improvements will help "mitigate the impacts of climate change in the drought-prone service area by ensuring reliable access to wastewater treatment and recycled water and reducing reliance on imported water supplies," the announcement states.
Radhika Fox, EPA assistant administrator for Water-saving investments, congratulated the IEUA for creating a water-recycling program designed to address both current and future needs, the EPA reports. Fox said the low-interest WIFIA loan will help reduce the program's overall costs.
“Investing in water infrastructure is a win-win for public health, the environment, and job creation," Fox said in the statement, "and we look forward to bringing these benefits to communities across through country through WIFIA and investments through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.”