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Oklahoma receives funds to update water infrastructure in disadvantaged areas
Some of those funds arrived in Oklahoma at the end of November, when the Environmental Protection Agency presented a $105 million check to the state Department of Environmental Quality and the Oklahoma Water Resources Board.
The EPA has tasked states, tribes and territories with using these funds to improve water infrastructure for disadvantaged communities. In particular, these funds are intended to reduce lead in drinking wate, improve climate resiliency and address emerging contaminants, like forever chemical PFAS.
States then submitted plans for how they would use Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill funds to achieve those goals. The EPA started approving those plans in September and announced it had appointed $105 million for Oklahoma state agencies a few weeks ago.