Billions Flow to Water Systems from Federal Pandemic Relief Funds
- The American Rescue Plan Act includes $350 billion to assist states, tribes, territories, and local governments in responding to financial challenges wrought by the pandemic.
- Water infrastructure improvements are one of four broad spending categories authorized by the act.
- It is clear that ARPA will have a far reach. Plus, funding is not just going to large, multimillion-dollar projects.
The sewer system needed so much repair work that Brad Cradeur wasn’t sure how – or when – he would have enough money for it all.
Cradeur is the executive director of Iberia Parish Sewerage District No. 1, which serves several thousand residents in Iberia Parish, located on the Louisiana coast. Sewer pipes needed new liners to prevent groundwater from seeping in. Lift stations and treatment plant equipment like aerators and clarifiers were also due for an upgrade.