WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will grant Louisiana a total of $39.2 million from his Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) for Louisiana’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) for fiscal year 2023 to improve water infrastructure. In total, Louisiana has received $135.6 million in IIJA funding for clean water, and more is expected over the next three years.
“Louisiana families should feel comfortable drinking water from their tap,” said Dr. Cassidy. “This announcement provides new funding opportunities to improve water, sewer, and drainage systems which create better places for families to live and promote economic growth.”
The CWSRF provides grants and forgivable loans to improve drinking water infrastructure, including replacing lead pipes, removing contaminants, and ensuring rural and underserved communities have clean drinking water. In fiscal year 2022, Louisiana received $101 million for drinking water infrastructure improvements. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act provides additional funding each year through 2026, meaning Louisiana can expect to receive similar sums of funding for water infrastructure for the next three years.
In January, Cassidy wrote a letter to the editor highlighting enhanced funding for SRF programs in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to improve water systems across Louisiana in The Advocate. Learn more here.