Frank Pallone Jr.

02/20/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/20/2024 16:25

Pallone Applauds $157 Million from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to Upgrade New Jersey’s Water Infrastructure and Protect Safe Drinking Water

Long Branch, NJ - Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today applauded $157 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to support upgrades to New Jersey's water infrastructure, including $54,366,000 for New Jersey's Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and $102,647,000 for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. The state can use the funding to replace lead service lines, address PFAS contamination, maintain adequate stormwater infrastructure to manage flood impacts from climate change, and upgrade water treatment plants.

"Everyone should be able to trust the water that comes from their tap. Today's announcement brings us one step closer to that reality and builds on the progress we're making to upgrade New Jersey's water infrastructure, including by replacing toxic lead service lines and removing harmful PFAS contamination across the state," Pallone said. "As Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee last Congress, I fought to include this funding in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law so that families don't have to worry about safe drinking water. I'm glad to see that law is continuing to deliver on the promise to improve our state's infrastructure, and I'll keep fighting to ensure that all our communities have access to safe water."

"President Biden's Investing in America agenda continues to transform communities for the better with this latest infusion of funds for critical water infrastructure projects," said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. "With $50 billion in total, the largest investment in water infrastructure in our nation's history, EPA will enable communities across the nation to ensure safer drinking water for their residents and rebuild vital clean water infrastructure to protect public health for decades to come."

"We are investing in clean water and providing millions of dollars to improve our region's water infrastructure while safeguarding people's health, enhancing the environment, and boosting local economies," said EPA Regional Administrator Lisa F. Garcia. "This is a critical moment in time to upgrade water infrastructure in New Jersey and for making these vital improvements, particularly in communities that need it most."

"Few goals are more important than delivering safe and clean drinking water to our communities and the more than nine million residents who call them home. I am grateful to President Biden, EPA Administrator Regan, and our Congressional delegation for delivering on their promise to New Jersey. This funding, together with the state's investment, will support our ambitious $1 billion Water Infrastructure Investment Plan - providing a once-in-a-generation opportunity to modernize our aging water and stormwater infrastructure, mitigate flooding, and further our pursuit of environmental justice by delivering safe drinking water to all," said New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy.

As Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee last Congress, Pallone included key provisions in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for drinking water infrastructure, including $15 billion for the replacement of lead water lines and $10 billion to address PFAS contamination.