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EPA Launches New Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center

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EPA Launches New Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center

The United States is one of the few areas on the planet that still has clean drinking water that needs not be filtered or boiled but can be drunk straight from the tap. With increased population and urban sprawl, that could potentially change in the near future. That’s one of the reasons why the EPA launched the Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center in January.
 
Vice President Biden and EPA Director Gina McCarthy have personally addressed the issue of clean water by recently touring a construction site for a project designed to reduce overflow of wastewater into a usable water source—specifically, the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C. According to the National Law Review, this project is part of a larger government plan to build infrastructure and create jobs, and do so in a meaningful way that promotes the availability of healthy and clean drinking water.
 
At MSA, we’ve worked with municipalities to improve wastewater systems while balancing community requirements with budget and regulatory constraints. As a recent example, we worked on the new wastewater treatment facility in Elkader, Iowa, that provides a cost-effective treatment solution for both current and future residents.
 
The Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center has also been developed as a way to efficiently develop the concept of providing clean water while offering the jobs that help sustain the economy. The Center uses creative financing options developed by private businesses to fund a government program, by incorporating private and public entities to rotate state and federal funding through private contracting firms. The ultimate goal may be clean water and efficient disposal of wastewater, but the technique may introduce a new paradigm toward integrating private economy with government programs.
 
For more information on how investing in wastewater collection and treatment infrastructure pays dividends in the long run, please contact: Ben Zeier, PE.

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