Oro Loma Sanitary District Board President Rita Duncan was on hand for EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan’s visit to Silicon Valley Clean Water (SVCW) in Redwood City, where he announced one WIFIA loan to the District for $25 million and two Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loans totaling $143 million to Silicon Valley Clean Water.  The federal government is making these $200 million loans  available to help repair aging clay pipes in the East Bay and fund a new water treatment facility in Redwood City.

Board President Duncan said, “Oro Loma is pleased to partner with WIFIA to fund these much-needed sewer improvements. Through our partnership, we will renew the infrastructure in our community, provide jobs to local tradespeople, and help protect the health of the San Francisco Bay.”

Oro Loma Sanitary District Board President Rita Duncan

Board President Rita Duncan speaks at press conference to announce federal loan for Oro Loma Sanitary District sewer system updates.

Oro Loma will receive a $25M loan to upgrade its sewer system. This funding is part of a larger $50M effort to replace 40 miles of pipe (out of 270 total) between 2019 and 2029. Oro Loma’s sewer system includes clay pipes that were installed 100 years ago.  These pipes increase the likelihood of sewer line failures in the future.

Oro Loma Sanitary District Board President Rita Duncan

Oro Loma is replacing and upgrading 40 miles of sewer lines over the next decade. 

At the announcement event, EPA Administrator Regan stated that these loans support projects expected to create 2,500 new jobs.  “Investing in water infrastructure has proven time and again to deliver a multitude of benefits, including building climate and drought-resilient water systems, safeguarding public health, and creating good-paying jobs,”  Regan said.

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