SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has been recognized for its successful management of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) funding by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). CDPH was honored by the federal agency for managing Recovery Act funds responsibly and effectively for the construction of shovel ready projects in public water systems. In all, 48 local water systems have entered into agreements with the state for construction of 52 infrastructure projects, serving nearly 5.5 million Californians.
“The Schwarzenegger Administration is focused on pumping Recovery funds into the economy quickly and responsibly – and I want to congratulate the California Department of Public Health for being federally recognized for successfully managing Recovery Act funds,” said California Economic Recovery Task Force Director Cynthia Bryant. “California received one of the largest allocations of drinking water funding in the nation and the department is doing an excellent job in moving this funding into our economy.”
The EPA has awarded CDPH $159 million in Recovery Act funds for projects to improve water quality in the state. The money supplements the state’s existing Safe Drinking Water Revolving Fund for infrastructure development. More than 30 percent of the funding supports “green” projects that promotes water conservation.
A complete list of the approved projects can be found on the CDPH Web site, www.cdph.ca.gov.