The stimulus package could fast track 400 wastewater projects valued at $6 billion which otherwise would have remained on hold due to lack of funding. There are 16,000 municipal wastewater plants, of which 4000 purify more than one million gallons per day. At any one time, about 20 percent of these plants have minor modification plans and 10 percent have major expansion or modification plans including additional plants.
The funds will likely be distributed to various community projects through the existing Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund programs in the form of loans and grants and will target those "ready-to-go" projects that can begin construction within 120 days of receipt of funds. The average project will be in excess of $10 million as shown in the following examples:
Approximately $135 million is expected to be approved for construction and upgrades for municipal wastewater and sewage treatment plants in Connecticut.
Vero Beach, FL needs to build a new wastewater plant to replace a 30 year old plant which is nearing the end of its life and is inadequate for present needs. The cost is projected at $100 million. Lack of funds has prevented the project from going forward. The city is now optimistic that the stimulus funding will allow it to begin soon through availability of interest free loans.
Ah! To be young and a water recycling engineer in America! That would be a dream! and not the awful dreams I am dreaming, of my apartment oscillating in the heights by successive earthquakes...