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The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection is to implement a project designed to improve water pollution control and drinking water infrastructure within the state, with the support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The federal agency has awarded a $6.5 million grant for Nevada's Clean Water State Revolving Fund and a further $8.5 million grant for the state's Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.
The Clean Water State Revolving Fund serves to provide financial support for municipal wastewater treatment projects, while the other fund supports improvement projects related to drinking water infrastructure. The money awarded by the EPA will be used as loans to fund various low-cost projects for upgrading local drinking water and wastewater infrastructure systems.
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According to Jared Blumenfeld, EPA Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest, the agency has granted a total of $320 million to support water projects in Nevada over the past 24 years. This includes $170 million allocated for municipal wastewater treatment and $150 million awarded for drinking water projects. These investments have made it possible for many communities in Nevada to have access to clean drinking water and rely on safe wastewater treatment systems, Blumenfeld said.
Some of the projects that have previously benefited from EPA funding include reducing arsenic levels in Tonopah's drinking water, constructing a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment facility in Clark County and cutting down on bacteria levels in Lake Mead.