Vermont planning $100M investment in water infrastructure
Vermont – The Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) in Vermont plans to disperse $100 million from the $2.7 billion the state will receive in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to various water infrastructure projects across the state.
ANR will administer ARPA funding to towns, commercial entities, and individuals to support five priority areas:
- Pretreatment projects that will enable municipal wastewater treatment facilities to manage incoming loads and help private enterprises expand their operations responsibly.
- Village water and sewer infrastructure in some of the more than 200 villages that lack community sewer and drinking water systems.
- Elimination of sewer overflows by helping eligible municipalities implement their plans to eliminate sewer overflows within their community.
- Property owner assistance in treating stormwater runoff on properties that contain three or more acres of impervious surface.
- Repairs or replacements of failed water and sewer infrastructure such as wells and septic systems.
During the pandemic, some low-income Vermont homeowners saw their income disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Coupled with that, some had their wells or septic tanks and leach fields fail. Many of these residents are not able to pay for system replacement or repairs.
ANR’s secretary is scheduled to discuss these plans from 4 to 5 p.m. October 7 online and in-person at the agency’s main office.