Sánchez Secures $2.5 million for Pico Rivera’s PFAS Groundwater Treatment Project

July 27, 2021
Press Release
Included in House Appropriations Committee’s Fiscal Year 2022 Energy and Water Funding Bill

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Linda T. Sánchez announced that she secured inclusion of $2.5 million for the City of Pico Rivera’s PFAS Groundwater Treatment Project in the 2022 Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies bill.

This funding will improve water quality for residents in California’s 38th congressional district. Due to industrial activities in prior years, many of Southern California’s groundwater aquifers are contaminated with Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) – commonly known as “forever chemicals.” In order to provide potable drinking water to surrounding communities, the Pico Rivera Water Authority must pump and thoroughly treat water to eliminate this contamination. These funds would be used toward the design, environmental and construction of Phase 1 of the Pico Rivera Water Authority’s PFAS Groundwater Treatment Project.

“It is my honor to fight for our district in Congress, and I am proud to advocate for this much-needed funding for Pico Rivera’s PFAS Groundwater Treatment Project,” said Congresswoman Linda T. Sánchez. “Providing safe drinking water is critical and directly corresponds with the health and welfare of our community. I will continue to fight for our district to ensure that we get the federal funding we need to make Southern California communities stronger.”

Rep. Sánchez submitted several Community Project Funding requests to the Appropriations Committee. A full list of those projects can be found here. Information on the status of additional requests will be announced in the coming days.

The inclusion of this funding in the Appropriations Committee draft bill is the first step in the funding process. Rep. Sánchez will continue to fight for this funding as the bill moves to the full Appropriations Committee, consideration on the House Floor, and negotiations with the Senate.

 

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