EPA Approves Funding for Mississippi Drinking Water State Revolving Fund

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) today announced an $11.9 million grant to help Mississippi communities improve public water systems.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the funding for the Mississippi State Department of Health to administer the Mississippi Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.  The funding will be used to provide capital for water infrastructure projects designed to provide residents with safe water supplies.

“The State Revolving Fund helps rural communities and water associations afford to make improvements to their water infrastructure to ensure Mississippians have access to clean and safe drinking water,” Hyde-Smith said.  “I’m pleased the state will be able to put these resources to work to improve water services around the state.”

The EPA provides funding to states to finance infrastructure projects to achieve or maintain compliance with federal Safe Drinking Water Act requirements regarding public health, water supply safety, and watershed protection.

Hyde-Smith serves on the Senate Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, which wrote a FY2019 bill that increases funding for Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act state revolving funds.  The FY2019 Interior, Environment Appropriations Bill was approved by the Senate last week.