- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is funding $25 million for improvements in water infrastructure and the reduction of water pollution around Arizona.

The funds are directed to the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority of Arizona, which will use them to provide low-cost loans for safe drinking water projects and wastewater infrastructure improvements.

WIFA anticipates allocating a portion of this year’s funds for projects like the planned upgrade to Show Low’s wastewater treatment ponds.

That project will replace the current ponds with an advanced aeration and sludge treatment facility designed to meet federal and state standards.

Oro Valley installed advanced water meters to detect leaks, encourage conservation and eliminate labor-intensive manual meter reading.

EPA has awarded more than $585 million in federal funding for Arizona’s clean water and drinking water since 1988.

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