The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a report to Congress detailing the critical investments needed in clean water infrastructure over the next 20 years. The Clean Watersheds Needs Survey outlines necessary upgrades for wastewater and stormwater systems to ensure the nation’s waters remain fishable and swimmable.

According to the 2022 survey, at least $630 billion is required to maintain and modernize publicly owned wastewater treatment works, stormwater infrastructure, nonpoint source control, and decentralized wastewater systems like septic tanks.

“Protecting our nation’s waterways is vital for healthy communities, economic opportunities, and recreational activities,” said Acting Assistant Administrator for Water Bruno Pigott. “This survey provides a community-based estimate of the necessary investments. President Biden’s administration has secured historic funding for water infrastructure, positioning America to improve water quality significantly.”

Federal funding, including the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, provides $50 billion for critical water infrastructure, with nearly $13 billion allocated to wastewater and stormwater management. Additionally, EPA’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund and the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program have supported over $200 billion in water infrastructure projects.

Source: EPA