Oregon will soon receive $92,079,000 in federal funding from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
The funding is to strengthen drinking and wastewater systems and replace dangerous lead service lines and pipes, according to Oregon Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici. The funding is the first round of a five-year investment authorized by the new law.
“Access to safe and reliable drinking water is critical for our communities to stay healthy and thrive,” Bonamici said. “Lead and contaminants pose serious health threats to Oregonians. As a mom and a policymaker, I’m especially concerned about making sure our kids can drink clean water at home and at school. This federal investment of $92 million will provide clean safe drinking water to hundreds of thousands of Oregonians. That’s what it means to build back better.”
Bonamici said the bipartisan infrastructure law includes $50 billion for the Environmental Protection Agency to improve water systems, which is the largest single investment in water in the nation’s history.
Over the next five years, $15 billion nationally will go toward replacing lead pipes and service lines across the country, with a special focus on advancing equity and justice for under-resourced communities, according to Bonamici.