February 21, 2024

Biden-Harris Administration announces over $42M for North Dakota water infrastructure upgrades

BISMARCK, N.D. (Feb. 20, 2024) – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $42,956,000 from President Biden’s Investing in America agenda for North Dakota drinking water and clean water infrastructure upgrades.  

The funding is part of the over $50 billion investment in water infrastructure upgrades from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law – the largest such investment in American history. Today’s announcement will support essential water infrastructure that protects public health and treasured water bodies across the state. Almost half of this funding will be available as grants or principal forgiveness loans, ensuring funds reach underserved communities most in need of investments in water infrastructure.  

“Over the past three years, EPA has invested nearly $175 million for new and upgraded wastewater and drinking water services in North Dakota communities through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law,” said EPA Regional Administrator KC Becker.  “These projects are building new treatment and delivery systems, creating jobs, and securing healthy watersheds and safe drinking water across the state.” 

Communities across the country are facing water infrastructure challenges. Many cities and towns have aging water infrastructure – old, broken or lead pipes carrying drinking water and wastewater treatment plants in need of major upgrades.  Some communities struggle to maintain adequate stormwater infrastructure to effectively manage flood impacts from climate change and others need to upgrade their water treatment to address emerging contaminants like PFAS.