The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced $19 million in new grant funding on September 7 that will work to improve the climate resilience of the nation’s water infrastructure.
The EPA’s Drinking Water System Infrastructure Resilience and Sustainability grant program will support drinking water systems in underserved, small, and disadvantaged communities that are working to prepare for, and reduce vulnerability to, impacts from climate change ranging from extreme flooding to extreme drought. Eighty percent (36,271) of all community water systems serving 10,000 or fewer people are groundwater-supplied.
This grant will be made available through a competitive request-for-application process. Eligible applicants for this funding opportunity include public water systems, a water system located in an area governed by an Indian Tribe, eligible territories, and states on behalf of communities that are underserved and small or disadvantaged. Eligible activities for funding include planning, design, construction, implementation, operation, or maintenance of a program or project that increases drinking water system resilience to natural hazards. The funding opportunity will remain open for 60 days on the Grants.gov web page.