While the US$1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) ushers in US$55 billion of newly dedicated water sector investment, it also includes a sizeable US$10 billion for fiscal years 2022-2026 devoted to addressing contaminants of emerging concern. Central to the focus of this funding is the chemical class known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which is divided into three primary categories: US$5 billion to help small and disadvantaged communities address related drinking water issues; US$4 billion to help water utilities remove PFAS from drinking water supplies; and US$1 billion to help wastewater utilities.
In this Research Note:
- State Revolving Fund represents key channel to market for PFAS, emerging contaminant funds
- Disadvantaged communities will take front seat
- Federal funding to push to more advanced remediation technologies