The Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act Cleaning Up Narragansett Bay
On September 20, 2019, the EPA awarded a loan to the NBC titled the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA). The loan will contribute approximately $269 million as a part of a larger project to prevent discharged pollutants from entering communal water sources.
“This WIFIA loan will improve water quality in the Narragansett Bay, protect the health of local residents, and deliver on President Trump's commitment to upgrade our nation's infrastructure, create jobs, and safeguard public health and the environment,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler.“With this loan closing, EPA has now issued 12 WIFIA loans totaling over $3 billion in credit assistance to help finance over $7 billion for water infrastructure projects and create over 12,000 jobs.”
Pollutants are more likely to come into contact with water systems and local rivers in the event of heavy storms. Pollutants like sewage solids, metals, oils, grease, and bacteria can overflow current water systems if preventative systems are not in place. The CSO Phase IIIA Facilities project will head the building of a long deep rock tunnel, two work shafts, four drop shafts, a tunnel pump station, and several improvements to the wastewater collection system in the Narragansett Bay area.