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Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA)

Tacoma Electrical Distribution System Replacement Project

Tacoma Wastewater Treatment Plant
Borrower: City of Tacoma Sewer Utility
Location: Tacoma, Washington
WIFIA Loan Amount: $20 million
Total WIFIA Project Costs: $40.8 million
Population Served by Project: 210,000 people
Number of Jobs Created: 130 jobs

Project Description

The City of Tacoma’s Electrical Distribution System Replacement Project will modernize the Central Wastewater Treatment Plant’s entire electrical distribution system, which is over 40-years old. The project will improve the reliability and redundancy of the facility’s primary electrical power. This will reduce the risk of plant failure and improve worker safety.

Project Benefits

  • Reduces the risk of a plant failure which would result in untreated wastewater spilling into the Puyallup River.
  • Improves worker safety by upgrading equipment that is outdated.
  • Saves the City of Tacoma an estimated $2.5 million from financing with a WIFIA loan compared to to typical market financing.
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Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA)