The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week announced state-by-state allotments of more than $6.5 billion in fiscal year 2023 funds for the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund (SRF) program. Funds are for the traditional SRF program, emerging contaminants and lead service line replacement. The allotments were based on the most recent EPA needs survey on drinking water infrastructure, which is conducted every four years. Congress had directed this latest survey – the EPA’s seventh drinking water needs survey – to also seek information on lead service line replacement needs to help determine how to distribute lead-related funds. The Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act of 2021 provided about $50 billion over five years for water infrastructure, almost all of it channeled through the SRF program. That funding includes $15 billion – $3 billion annually – for lead service line replacement, plus $9 billion for emerging contaminants. However, some estimates have put the cost of replacing all water lines affected by the Revised Lead and Copper Rule at more than $60 billion, and we expect that the final cost will likely be much higher. In other words, these funds are a nice down payment on lead service line removal but will not pay for all removals by any means. This week’s EPA announcement from EPA describes how much each state is getting for each pot of money – basic SRF, emerging contaminants and lead service line removal. The SRF program is administered by state agencies. Therefore, the funds must go through state-level processes before reaching individual utilities. The agency announced wastewater SRF allotments last week. Questions can be directed to Tommy Holmes , AWWA’s legislative director.