EPA Announces $196 Million Water Infrastructure Loan to Inland Empire, California

CHINO, Calif. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a $196 million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan to the Inland Empire Utilities Agency in San Bernardino County, California. 

The loan will help finance expanded wastewater treatment capacity to support public health and the environment in this growing community.

“Through WIFIA, EPA is playing a key role in President Trump’s efforts to improve and upgrade our nation’s water infrastructure in communities across the country,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler.

At the time of writing, EPA has issued 21 WIFIA loans totaling $4.4 billion to help finance $9.8 billion in water infrastructure projects.

The purpose of the Regional Water Recycling Plant No. 5 (RP-5) Expansion Project is to expand the plant’s liquids treatment capacity and construct a new solids handling facility.

The liquids treatment capacity of RP-5 will be increased from 15 million gallons per day to 22.5 million gallons per day to support expected service area growth.

The new solids handling facility replaces the existing facility at Regional Water Recycling Plant #2 as the existing facility will be within the Prado floodplain once the Prado Dam spillway height is increased.

EPA’s WIFIA loan will finance nearly half of the $450 million total cost of the project.

Additionally, California State Water Board's Clean Water State Revolving Fund will finance approximately $100 million with the remaining project funds coming from a combination of borrower funds and grants.

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