Kelly, Sinema announce historic investment in wastewater sanitation for San Carlos Apache Tribe from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Arizona senators Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly recently announced new funding for San Carlos Apache Tribe wastewater sanitation.

Infrastructure Investment and Jobs law led by Sinema and shaped by Kelly makes the strongest investment in clean drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in U.S. history

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WASHINGTON D.C. – Arizona Senators Mark Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema have announced historic funding in wastewater sanitation infrastructure for the San Carlos Apache Tribe from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs law led by Senator Kyrsten Sinema and shaped by Senator Mark Kelly.

The investment comes from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s newly-announced Closing America’s Wastewater Access Gap Community Initiative — a pilot program addressing the gap in wastewater sanitation infrastructure in rural and tribal communities, like the San Carlos Apache Tribe, made possible by Sinema and Kelly’s infrastructure law.

“We’re glad to announce that the investments we secured through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will ensure that San Carlos Apache Tribe families and small businesses have reliable wastewater infrastructure,” said Senator Kelly.

“We’re working hand-in-hand with local leaders to ensure funds from our bipartisan infrastructure law improving access to sanitation services go directly into the projects and communities that need them,” said Sinema, co-author and lead negotiator of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs law.

Sinema led bipartisan Senate negotiations with Republican Senator Rob Portman of Ohio that included Senator Kelly and senators from both parties.

The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs law makes the strongest investment in clean drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in U.S. history, delivering clean water to millions of American families – and more than $8 billion to strengthen water infrastructure throughout the American West, such as aging infrastructure, water storage, water recycling, drought contingency plans, and dam safety.

In 2022 alone, Arizona will receive $109 million in funding from the Environmental Protection Agency to address clean and drinking water systems, update wastewater infrastructure and help clean up water contaminants like PFAS in communities across the state.

The bipartisan infrastructure law was supported by groups including The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Business Roundtable, The National Association of Manufacturers, The AFL-CIO, The National Retail Federation, The Bipartisan Policy Center, North America’s Building Trades Unions, the Outdoor Industry Association, The American Hotel and Lodging Association, The National Education Association, as well as hundreds of mayors across all 50 states.