For Immediate Release
April 6, 2009

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Kansas receives American Recovery Act funds
to Improve Drinking Water Infrastructure

In a news release last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it had awarded $19,500,000 to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) to improve drinking water infrastructure across the state.  This money will be used to help local governments finance improvements to drinking water projects that are essential to protecting public health and environment across the state.

“These funds will not only help to continue providing safe drinking water to Kansans, but will also create much-needed jobs in our state,” said Roderick L. Bremby, Secretary of KDHE.  “Ensuring clean drinking water is critical to the public’s health and we look forward to working with communities across the state to support this critical infrastructure.”

The funds are provided by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 and will go to Kansas’ Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program. The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program provides low-interest loans to finance infrastructure improvements for drinking water systems.  At least 20 percent of the funds provided under the Recovery Act are to be used for green infrastructure, water and energy efficiency improvements and other environmentally innovative projects.

In anticipation of receiving these funds, KDHE issued a request for project proposals from communities across the state.  Project proposals were accepted through the end of March.  Proposals for 143 projects were submitted from communities across the state.  KDHE is currently reviewing the proposals and will be announcing a list of funded projects this month.