N.J. receives $142.6M more in federal funding to upgrade water infrastructure

U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. recently announced an additional $142.676 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for New Jersey’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund for essential drinking water infrastructure upgrades. The funding will allow the state to replace lead service lines.

As chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee last Congress, Pallone (D-6th Dist.) included key provisions in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for drinking water infrastructure, including $15 billion for the replacement of lead water lines and $10 billion to address PFAS contamination.

“Everyone should be able to trust the water from the tap. Today’s announcement builds on the progress we’re making to replace lead service lines across New Jersey,” Pallone said. “I’m glad to see that the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is continuing to deliver on the promise to improve our state’s water infrastructure, and I’ll keep fighting to ensure that our communities have access to safe water.”

“Every community deserves access to safe, clean drinking water,” said Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael S. Regan. “Thanks to President (Joe) Biden’s historic infrastructure investments in America, we have an unprecedented opportunity to revitalize America’s drinking water systems, support the Biden-(Kamala) Harris administration’s goal of removing 100% of lead pipes across our country and protect communities from PFAS pollution.”

“EPA is putting the funding where the priorities are by working with our state partners to deliver clean water to communities, protect public health and advance environmental justice across New Jersey and the nation,” EPA Regional Administrator Lisa Garcia said. “This funding is part of the once-in-a lifetime investments we are making to transform infrastructure under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.”