Published: April 29, 2015

    EPA Allots Millions to Improve Water Infrastructure in New York and New Jersey

    Infrastructure is a hot topic in the US right now—or at least, it should be. The nation’s highways, public water systems, bridges, and other vital public works are deteriorating rapidly, and we’re not doing a sufficient job responding to what many see as a looming crisis. Perhaps it’s because, as comedian John Oliver put it, infrastructure simply isn’t a “sexy” news topic. It’s difficult to get people interested in preventative maintenance and municipal improvements—until a vital piece of infrastructure fails.

    The problem affects our national water systems. Across the nation, aging pipes and outdated treatment facilities put people’s health at risk. Many of our national dams are reaching the end of their lifespans and sensitive but vital water ecosystems such as wetlands and estuaries are under enormous strain.

    With that in mind, it’s encouraging to hear about funding dedicated to improving water supplies, treatment facilities, and watershed preservation. On March 20, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency allotted $197 million to the state of New York and an additional $74 million to New Jersey specifically to fund water projects vital to public health and the environment.

    The funding comes from the EPA’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund and its twin, the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. Both funds provide low interest loans to improve water infrastructure. The Clean Water State Revolving Fund focuses on improvements to wastewater treatment systems, pollution control, and the protection of at-risk water bodies. The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund finances drinking water system improvements, especially for small or disadvantaged communities.

    The funding is great news for New York and New Jersey, but it’s only a drop in the national bucket. Until infrastructure finally receives the attention it so desperately needs, water supplies will continue to be plagued by faulty systems and crumbling water supplies, increasing the risk of public water contaminated with chemicals, microorganisms, excess minerals, and disinfectant byproducts.

    Your best protection in such cases is a Pelican whole house filtration system with UV to filter out harmful pathogens and microorganisms. Because when your municipal water infrastructure is failing, you can’t trust it to deliver the water quality you deserve.