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Wednesday, October 09, 2019 2:15 pm

Governor Holcomb announces loan for drinking water projects

NIKI KELLY | The Journal Gazette

INDIANAPOLIS - Gov. Eric Holcomb and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Wednesday announced a $436 million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation loan to help finance wastewater and drinking water projects in 20 communities across the state. 

Three of those are in northeast Indiana – Warsaw, Woodburn and Uniondale. 

“When we say infrastructure, we often think of our roads, but Indiana has more than 46,000 miles of water infrastructure,” Holcomb said. “Delivering clean water and protecting public health are top priorities, and I am grateful that our partnership with the EPA will help empower communities across Indiana to take our water systems to the Next Level.” 

This funding supports projects that will deliver clean water and protect public health across the state of Indiana, including in its small and rural communities. With EPA's WIFIA loan, the Indiana Finance Authority will be able to provide 28 loans to 20 communities. 

Drinking water projects will include efforts to improve water treatment plants, storage tanks, distribution system components, wells and pump stations as well as to construct resiliency features and implement water conservation measures. Wastewater projects will include efforts to increase capacity of wastewater treatment plants, tunnels to capture combined sewer overflows and collection systems. 

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