The federal government will spend $1.5 billion to help pay for a $1 billion water infrastructure project, the Interior Department said Friday.
The Water Infrastructure and Water Conservation Act of 2015 is aimed at bolstering federal water programs that are struggling to pay for new construction.
The legislation, which was signed into law last year, requires the Interior Secretary to allocate $1,300 per household to water-related projects.
The department said it will spend the funds on infrastructure projects that can help the water system meet water needs and that can protect against flooding.
The water infrastructure and water conservation act is a way to help the federal water system pay for its needs, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said in a statement.
“The water infrastructure program will help address water security needs of communities, as well as the need for safe, reliable and reliable water supply, water quality, and wastewater treatment,” he said.
Zinke also said the department will also support a new project aimed at creating a permanent, permanent, low-cost water-storage facility.
“Our water infrastructure is the most important asset the nation has, and this legislation will provide critical water management, security and reliability to ensure that water is always safe and reliable,” he added.
The federal Department of the Interior also is working to improve water quality and conservation.
The agency announced in January that it would spend $6.4 billion to improve its drinking water infrastructure, including the installation of more than 2,000 miles of new distribution and distribution lines, more than 7,000 water treatment plants and the establishment of new treatment facilities.