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EPA awards $315 million loan for Nashville water treatment upgrades

  • EPA awards $315 million loan for Nashville water treatment upgrades
  • Nationally, 92 WIFIA loans are financing $34 billion in water infrastructure upgrades, creating over 103,000 jobs.

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United States Environmental Protection Agency. The mission of EPA is to protect human health and the environment.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a $315 million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan to Metro Water Services in Nashville, Tennessee. With EPA’s WIFIA loan, Metro Water Services will modernize its infrastructure to provide safe, reliable drinking water to its growing service area.

“Metro Water Services is investing in their city’s future by expanding drinking water capacity and increasing resiliency – all while creating jobs and saving ratepayers money,” said EPA Assistant Administrator for Water Radhika Fox. “This WIFIA loan will fund the installation of a new filtration to address vital emerging contaminates, like PFAS, so that drinking water is safe for every person in Nashville.”

The Process Advancements at Omohundro and K.R. Harrington Water Treatment Plants Project in Nashville, Tennessee, will modernize two aging treatment plants that are increasingly subject to flood risk and need to accommodate growing demand for drinking water. Metro Water Services will install a new filtration system to address emerging contaminants, including per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and pharmaceuticals. Additionally, Metro Water Services will undertake a series of other improvements that will increase overall treatment capacity by 50 percent, mitigate flood risk, add finished water storage capacity, and protect against power failures by installing generators as a backup power source.

“We are grateful to the EPA for awarding this WIFIA loan to Metro Water Services. The process advancement projects at Omohundro and K.R. Harrington Water Treatment plants are the result of many years of strategic, long-term planning, and this WIFIA loans marks a milestone making these plans a reality for our community,” said Metro Water Services Director Scott Potter. “Proper investment in infrastructure is necessary to ensure Nashville’s ability to provide safe, clean, and reliable water and waste services to our community now and in the future. The process advancements projects funded by WIFIA allows MWS to proactively address aging infrastructure, expand capacity, reduce flood risk and incorporate the use of new treatment technologies for enhanced water quality at our water treatment facilities – preparing them for the next generation.” 

By engaging with the WIFIA program early in the design stage, Metro Water Services secured funding certainty to enable these proactive system improvements. As a result of the program’s flexibility and competitive rates, Metro Water Services will save approximately $61.5 million by financing with a WIFIA loan. Construction is expected to be completed in 2028 and construction and operation are estimated to create over 1,000 jobs.

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