WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), Chairman of the Committee on Environment and Public Works, today applauded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announcement of water infrastructure funding for states provided by his Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act legislation in the recently enacted Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

"This holiday season, Americans should know that a future with cleaner, safer water is on its way. Less than a month after President Biden signed our historic infrastructure legislation into law, I’m glad to see that EPA is wasting no time in getting these funds out the door. The release of these sorely needed resources could not come soon enough, especially for the millions who live in areas where clean water access isn’t a given,” said Senator Carper. “This includes communities in the First State, where more than $63 million for fiscal year 2022 will soon flow in to revitalize our aging water systems and put Delawareans to work.”

Senator Carper successfully secured $55 billion in funding to strengthen drinking water and wastewater systems across our country as part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act—the single largest water investment in our nation’s history. This includes more than $20 billion for safe drinking water with funding dedicated to replacing lead service pipes and cleaning up emerging contaminants like per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Carper also included language in the law to ensure that disadvantaged communities receive their fair share of water infrastructure funding.