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Dec 08, 2021

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December 8, 2021

Contact: WisDems Press (press@wisdems.org)

President Biden’s Infrastructure Law Sends Clean Water Funding Pouring Into Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. — Last week, the Biden administration announced that Wisconsin will receive $142.7 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to remove lead pipes across the state, eliminate harmful PFAs chemicals, and bring water to underserved communities. 

This federal money will build on Gov. Evers’ previous investments in clean drinking water and is just the first batch of funds from President Biden’s infrastructure package that will benefit Wisconsin. Over the next five years, Wisconsin will receive millions of federal funds dedicated to ensuring that clean drinking water is a right in all communities across the state. 

See what Wisconsinites are reading about this major federal investment in public safety and water infrastructure below:

WPR: Wisconsin receives $142M to combat water challenges under bipartisan infrastructure law

  • “Federal environmental regulators have announced Wisconsin will receive $142.7 million to target removal of lead pipes, harmful forever chemicals and water challenges in underserved communities as part of the first allocation under the bipartisan infrastructure law.”
  • “U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan announced the funding Thursday as part of $7.4 billion awarded to states and tribes under the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill signed into law by President Joe Biden on Nov. 15.”

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  • “The funding under the infrastructure bill represents the single largest investment in water infrastructure in decades, but the needs are great. The American Society of Civil Engineers estimates Wisconsin water and wastewater systems need around $15 billion over the next two decades to address aging infrastructure.”

La Crosse Tribune: Sen. Baldwin: WI to receive more than $142M for water infrastructure, address PFAS

  • “The state of Wisconsin is expected to receive $142.7 million from the infrastructure bill that will specifically invest in rebuilding water infrastructure, including projects related to the PFAS crisis, Sen. Tammy Baldwin announced on Friday.”
  • “The Democrat said in a media release that these funds would help replace lead service lines, rebuild wastewater infrastructure and protect the Great Lakes, on top of addressing PFAS, a group of ‘forever chemicals’ that has contaminated drinking water around the state, including in La Crosse.”

Read about all the ways the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will benefit Wisconsin here

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