Water conservation

Sacramento, Calif. Receives $ 81 million WIFIA loan


Yesterday, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced an $ 81 million loan under the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) to the Sacramento County Water Agency in northern California. The funded project will modernize water infrastructure to support a more reliable and climate-resilient water supply.

“The Sacramento County Water Agency project is critical in tackling drought and reducing the impacts of climate change,” said EPA Southwest Pacific Regional Administrator Martha Guzman. “EPA is committed to helping communities pursue smarter water management strategies, and we are proud to help fund this project to benefit local residents for generations to come. It represents the future of water in the West.

Sacramento County Water Agency‘s Arden Service Area Distribution System Pipe Realignment and Meter Installation Project will reduce water loss and the frequency of pipe ruptures in the city. water by modernizing the aging water distribution infrastructure. Additionally, the project is helping Sacramento County meet fire protection standards and water metering requirements by installing 30 miles of new distribution pipeline, 260 hydrants, and 3,000 new water meters. water. Improving methods of leak detection and water conservation will reduce water consumption by about 17% per year, increasing the community’s resilience to the effects of climate change.

“The Sacramento County Water Agency (Agency) appreciates the opportunity to participate in the EPA’s WIFIA program,” said Michael Peterson, director of the Sacramento County Water Agency. “Funding for this program will allow the Agency to meet critical water supply infrastructure needs.

“The funded project will upgrade the Arden service area water distribution system by installing larger hoses to increase system capacity, improve fire flow and enhance system reliability while making it more efficient. operation and maintenance of the system, ”continued Peterson. “The project also includes the installation of water meters for all connections to the service area, which will ensure that the agency complies with California metering mandates. The proceeds from the WIFIA loan allow the Agency to implement the project in the most cost effective manner possible while reducing the overall financial impact of the project for the Agency’s clients. This funding allows the Agency to continue to implement our capital improvement plan and to provide a high quality, reliable and flexible water supply.

EPA’s $ 81 million WIFIA loan will fund nearly half of the costs of the $ 165 million project. The Sacramento County Water Agency will save an estimated $ 22 million with its WIFIA funding. Construction and operation of the project is expected to create around 530 jobs and construction is expected to be completed in 2025.