Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) released the following statement to announce that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will deliver $71.6 million from the bipartisan infrastructure law to help Nevada communities and Tribes upgrade drinking and wastewater systems across the state in 2022. This is the first round of water infrastructure funding that Nevada will receive from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
“These funds will help Nevadans across the state access safe, clean drinking water and improve outdated wastewater systems,” said the Senators. “This is just the start of these vital investments that the bipartisan infrastructure package will deliver for the Silver State, and we’ll continue working to ensure that this funding helps all Nevadans.”
EPA’s water infrastructure programs provide low-cost federal financing and have been used for decades by states to invest in their water infrastructure. Earlier this year, Senators Cortez Masto and Rosen pushed for the Senate to protect Nevada’s drinking water through the Senate passage of the Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act. Senator Cortez Masto also secured $450 million in the bipartisan infrastructure law for a competitive grant program for large-scale water recycling projects across the Western U.S. This new program could help fund a regional water recycling project that will produce enough water to serve more than 500,000 households in Southern Nevada and California. Senator Rosen served as a member of the bipartisan Senate working group that drafted the infrastructure bill.