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TDEC Announces Additional $63 Million in Water Infrastructure Improvements

TDEC Announces Additional  Million in Water Infrastructure Improvements
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TDEC Announces Additional $63 Million in Water Infrastructure Improvements

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Announces $63.9 Million in Grants for Water Infrastructure Projects

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) has announced the awarding of 20 grants totaling $63,888,650 from the state’s American Rescue Plan (ARP) fund. These grants, administered by TDEC, will be used for drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure projects. This announcement marks the conclusion of the award phase of the non-competitive grant program, which has been a success in funding over 1,000 individual projects related to water infrastructure.

Collaborative Grants

  • Cannon County – $3,872,667
  • Wilson County – $4,579,698

Non-Collaborative Grants

  • City of Celina – $2,799,778
  • Town of Centerville – $4,184,311
  • Cheatham County – $3,509,260
  • City of Cleveland – $5,398,162
  • City of Collinwood – $3,177,237
  • DeKalb County – $3,030,767
  • City of Franklin – $4,679,357
  • City of Greenfield – $1,476,684
  • Hawkins County – $4,865,481
  • City of Kenton – $695,156
  • Town of LaGrange – $300,000
  • City of Luttrell – $1,885,725
  • City of McKenzie – $1,417,356
  • Monroe County – $3,721,352
  • City of Puryear – $1,073,217
  • Shelby County – $9,377,944
  • Trousdale County – $2,984,908
  • City of Waynesboro – $859,583

Background

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) has awarded a total of $996 million in executed grant funds since August 2022. These funds represent every county and 248 cities in Tennessee through the American Rescue Plan (ARP) programming. The ARP fund allocated $1.35 billion to TDEC to support water projects in communities throughout the state. The non-competitive grant program, which received approximately $1 billion of the allocated funds, aims to address critical needs in counties and eligible cities. The remaining funds will be used for state-initiated projects and competitive grants.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The grants awarded by TDEC align with several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations. These goals include:

  1. Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation – The grants will contribute to improving access to clean drinking water and wastewater management systems.
  2. Goal 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure – The grants will support the development and improvement of water infrastructure in communities across Tennessee.
  3. Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities – The grants will help cities and towns address their evolving needs and ensure access to sustainable water solutions.
  4. Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals – The collaborative grants involve multiple entities partnering on projects to work towards a shared purpose, promoting partnerships for sustainable development.

Conclusion

The grants announced by TDEC will play a significant role in addressing water infrastructure challenges and improving the quality of life in communities throughout Tennessee. These projects align with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and contribute to the state’s efforts in achieving a sustainable and resilient future.

SDGs, Targets, and Indicators

  1. SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

    • Target 6.1: By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all.
    • Target 6.3: By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping, and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials.
    • Target 6.4: By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity.
    • Target 6.5: By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate.
  2. SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

    • Target 11.1: By 2030, ensure access for all to adequate, safe, and affordable housing and basic services and upgrade slums.
    • Target 11.3: By 2030, enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated, and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries.
    • Target 11.7: By 2030, provide universal access to safe, inclusive, and accessible, green, and public spaces, in particular for women and children, older persons, and persons with disabilities.

Table: SDGs, Targets, and Indicators

SDGs Targets Indicators
SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation Target 6.1: By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all. The grants aim to address critical drinking water needs in various communities, including the installation of new water lines, pumps, meters, and storage tanks.
SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation Target 6.3: By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping, and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials. The grants will support projects that address non-compliance issues, enhance water quality, and reduce water loss in the drinking water and wastewater systems.
Target 6.4: By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity. The projects funded by the grants will focus on improving efficiency, decreasing water loss, increasing water systems’ capacity, and enhancing water quality.
Target 6.5: By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate. The grants will support the development of asset management plans and comprehensive management strategies to address critical needs in the water infrastructure systems.
Target 11.1: By 2030, ensure access for all to adequate, safe, and affordable housing and basic services and upgrade slums. The grants will contribute to improving access to safe and affordable drinking water for unserved residents in various communities.
SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities Target 11.3: By 2030, enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated, and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries. The grants will support the development of asset management plans and address critical needs in the water infrastructure systems of cities and towns.
SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities Target 11.7: By 2030, provide universal access to safe, inclusive, and accessible, green, and public spaces, in particular for women and children, older persons, and persons with disabilities. The grants will contribute to the improvement and modernization of stormwater management systems, including the utilization of natural stream restoration design components.

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