Dedicated to the people who make our built environment better and safer. We tell your stories and celebrate your successes.

Register with us and receive industry news and content only available to subscribers.


Indianapolis, IN, USA (HQ)

903 E. Ohio St., Indianapolis, IN 46202

Call: (317) 423-2325

EPA to Provide WIFIA Loans Totaling $396M to Modernize Baltimore’s Water Infrastructure

BALTIMORE, MD — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces $396 million in Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) financing to the City of Baltimore. EPA’s WIFIA program will help fund projects to modernize water infrastructure across the city, focusing on supporting low-income communities and communities of color.

“In my first year as EPA Administrator, I have visited communities from coast to coast. I’ve seen aging infrastructure that communities count on for clean and safe water. I’ve seen the harm that is caused when water systems fail, and I’ve seen the revitalization that comes with new investment,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “Investing in water infrastructure strengthens the health of our communities while creating good paying jobs. This is a fundamental way that EPA is Building a Better America under President Biden’s leadership, and its why we’re so excited to put more than $50 billion to work in water infrastructure through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.”

Baltimore’s WIFIA loans will enable the city to proactively implement several projects to improve the reliability and resiliency of its water systems. For example, the Department of Public Works (DPW) will reduce water main breaks by replacing over 37 miles of aging pipes in less than two years. Additional projects include modernizing wastewater collection and treatment to increase capacity and investing in green infrastructure to improve stormwater management.

“The WIFIA loans will allow us to make necessary infrastructure upgrades to Baltimore’s existing water infrastructure — improvements that will go towards supporting communities in East and West Baltimore that have been traditionally excluded from such investments,” said Mayor Brandon M. Scott. “I want to thank our partners at the EPA for these loans, which will allow us to free up additional funding to support our water affordability program, as well as other initiatives.”

“We are grateful to the EPA for the WIFIA loans to the City of Baltimore,” said Department of Public Works Director Jason W. Mitchell. “These loans will enable the Department of Public Works to modernize water infrastructure across the city. DPW will make these critical improvements using an equity lens to prioritize supporting low-income communities and communities of color."

Bomag - Roller
Your local Bomag Americas dealer
Linder Industrial Machinery

Consistent with the city’s Equitable Action Plan, historically underserved communities will directly benefit from these system improvements. Additionally, through WIFIA, the city will save approximately $100 million that can be used to support other initiatives. WIFIA financing totaling nearly $396 million will support roughly half of the $845 million project costs. Project construction and operation expect to create an estimated 2,700 jobs.

Komatsu Dealer Program
Your local Komatsu America Corp dealer
Linder Industrial Machinery
Komatsu Dealer Program
Your local Komatsu America Corp dealer
Linder Industrial Machinery
Volvo Roadbuilder
Your local Volvo Construction Equipment dealer
Richmond Machinery & Equipment