The Healey-Driscoll administration has announced more than $1.4 billion in funding for 168 projects that will help improve water quality, upgrade or replace aging drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, and support energy efficiency measures for water treatment facilities.

The grants and low-interest-rate loans, announced on March 26, include $932 million for 49 individual clean water construction projects and $503 million for 50 drinking water construction projects.

The funds are made available by the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and the Clean Water State Revolving Fund through the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust.

The investments will contribute to projects such as PFAS treatment plants, water system expansions, rehabilitation of key infrastructure, improvements to wastewater pumping stations, sewer expansions, and stormwater management systems. Twenty projects will promote renewable energy, energy efficiency, or green infrastructure elements to align with the goals of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s Clean Energy Results Program.

2024 intended use plan for Clean Water SRF awards
2024 intended use plan for Drinking Water SRF awards

Sixty-nine Asset Management Planning projects were awarded grants totalling $8 million. The Asset Management Planning Grant Program helps municipalities and public water systems and districts to complete, update, or implement an asset management program for wastewater, stormwater, and drinking water utilities. According to the program website, this program provides grants with a maximum award of $150,000 or 60% of the total eligible project cost, whichever is less.

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection is expected to open the next round of solicitations for proposals for the SRF program by May 15. The MassDEP website has more information on SRF programs.

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