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$75 Million Beach Replenishment, Expanded Grant Funding for Delaware in America’s Water Infrastructure Act

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SUSSEX COUNTY, Del.- The Firest is the beneficiary of new bipartisan water infrastructure legislation.

On Friday, Sen. Tom Carper visited Ellendale and Bethany Beach to highlight Delaware's wins in the bill, titled America’s Water Infrastructure Act. Among them, are $75 million for a new beach replenishment pilot program $100 million for a new program to help areas impacted by natural disasters repair damaged drinking water infrastructure. The bill also expands a $60 million grant program to create a new grant for underground drinking water contamination.

"The drinking water contamination problems we are now seeing in far too many communities across Sussex County are tragic, but avoidable if we invest in water infrastructure more wisely," Carper says. "Now with resources from this bill, we can make sure everyone – no matter what zip code they live in – can be confident that the water coming out of their tap is safe for their families to drink."

Carper went on to say the bill also expands monitoring for unregulated contaminants, like those found in Blades earlier this year.

Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester also helped unveil the bill on Friday, calling the bill "vitally important."

“The residents of Sussex County have suffered for too long from contaminated drinking water, so we are grateful that the Delaware Congressional Delegation, led by Senator Carper, secured federal funding that could help to address their problems,” says Michele Merkel, co-director of the Food & Water Justice Project at Food & Water Watch. “However, this funding can only be accessed by the states, so we call upon Governor Carney to request the funding so that the citizens in Sussex County can finally have access to clean drinking water.”

Carper's office say the bill also helps communities invest in protecting infrastructure from severe weather and sea level rise, and also requires the U.s. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency  to improve infrastructure.

For more on the bill and highlights in Delaware, click here. The bill passed 99-1 earlier this week in Washington, D.C. 



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