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Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA)

Bucklin Point Resiliency Improvements

Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island
Borrower: Narragansett Bay Commission
Location: Providence, Rhode Island
WIFIA Loan Amount: $190 million
Total WIFIA Project Costs : $389 million
Population Served by Project: 161,000 people
Number of Jobs Created: 1,245 jobs

Project Description

The Bucklin Point Resiliency Improvements Project will upgrade the Bucklin Point Wastewater Treatment Facility and the associated combined sewer system. The combined sewer overflow project will divert overflows from existing outfalls to the treatment facility for advanced treatment. To ensure that it can handle the increased wastewater flow, the treatment facility will undergo upgrades, including a new operations and maintenance building, UV disinfection improvements, and a new standby power generator.

Project Benefits

  • Protects water quality by reducing the amount of combined sewer overflow discharged into Narragansett Bay.
  • Will help achieve an 80 percent reduction in shellfish bed closures.
  • Contributes to compliance with the Combined Sewer Overflow Consent Agreement with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.
  • Saves the Narragansett Bay Commission an estimated $43 million from financing with a WIFIA loan.
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Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA)