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EPA and Texas Collaborate to Supply Safe Drinking Water to Texans

Release Date: 12/17/2014
Contact Information: Joe Hubbard or Jennah Durant at 214-665-2200 or

DALLAS – (Dec. 17, 2014) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the state of Texas are improving public water systems with federal infrastructure improvement loan assistance to eligible entities. Texas Water Development Board will receive over $63 million to fund Safe Drinking Water Programs in Texas to emphasize comprehensive public health protection from the source to the tap, as well as establishing the loan program for financing infrastructure projects.

The grant was awarded as part of the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) to make funds available to drinking water systems and finance infrastructure improvements. The program also emphasizes providing funds to small and disadvantaged communities and to programs that encourage pollution prevention as a tool for ensuring safe drinking water.

Millions of Americans receive drinking water every day from public water systems. EPA works with states and other organizations to protect against naturally-occurring and man-made contaminants that can be found in drinking water.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act. The Act was passed to protect public health by regulating the nation's public drinking water supply. Over the past 40 years we have made great progress protecting drinking water, but many challenges remain. EPA is committed to working with states, tribes, water sector partners and the public to meet the challenges ahead and continue protecting public health.

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