- Associated Press - Saturday, December 5, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $63.7 million to Massachusetts to help pay for upgrades to sewage plants and drinking water systems.

The funding provides low-interest loans for water quality protection projects to make improvements to wastewater treatment systems, control pollution from storm water runoff and protect sensitive water bodies and estuaries.

The loans are also used to finance improvements to drinking water systems, with a focus on small and disadvantaged communities and on programs that encourage pollution prevention as a tool for ensuring safe drinking water.

Since the beginning of the program, EPA has awarded more than $1.9 billion to Massachusetts for the construction, expansion and upgrading of clean water infrastructure.

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