THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Vice President
VICE PRESIDENT RELEASES STATE-BY-STATE SAFE DRINKING WATER ALLOCATION FIGURES
WASHINGTON -- Vice President Gore today (5/30) announced what the President's proposed $725 million Safe Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund for fiscal 1998 would mean for every state in the country.
The Vice President released state-by-state allocations figures under the President's proposal at a White House ceremony. The President's proposed Safe Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund will help communities upgrade deteriorating drinking water systems and provide safer drinking water for all Americans.
The Vice President also applauded the recent balanced budget agreement for its environmental protections. This agreement provides sufficient funding for the President's environmental priorities.
"We can protect the public health by giving local communities the resources they need to rebuild their drinking water systems," said the Vice President. " Our proposed budget gives every state in the country at least $7 million to upgrade their drinking water infrastructures. It's a small investment that will pay enormous dividends."
The Administration called for key reforms in the Safe Drinking Water Act in September 1993. Congress responded and, last year, the President signed the Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1996 to strengthen protections and provide resources to help communities provide clean drinking water. This new law included a first-ever Safe Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund to provide communities across the country with the resources to upgrade systems and improve the quality of their drinking water.
The law authorizes up to $9.6 billion that would go to states for such upgrades through the year 2003. President Clinton has proposed $3 billion for this purpose in his budget requests since fiscal 1994, including the $725 million in his 1998 budget. Today's announcement demonstrates the Administration's continued commitment to ensure that American families have safe, clean drinking water.
"I call on Congress to pass our balanced budget plan when members return from their recess -- and to provide adequate funding for the Safe Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund," said the Vice President. "America's families are depending on it."
##STATE-BY-STATE BREAKDOWN OF SAFE DRINKING WATER GRANTS
Following is a list of the funds that each state would receive under the President's FY1998 budget proposal:
ALABAMA $ 8,465,600 NEVADA $ 7,121,300 ALASKA $ 7,121,300 NEW HAMPSHIRE $ 7,121,300 ARIZONA $ 7,257,400 NEW JERSEY $17,347,900 ARKANSAS $10,132,200 NEW MEXICO $ 7,121,300 CALIFORNIA $77,108,200 NEW YORK $45,061,600 COLORADO $ 9,581,800 NORTH CAROLINA $12,859,400 CONNECTICUT $ 7,121,300 NORTH DAKOTA $ 7,121,300 DELAWARE $ 7,121,300 OHIO $22,806,200 FLORIDA $20,642,800 OKLAHOMA $10,224,200 GEORGIA $15,253,300 OREGON $10,567,800 HAWAII $ 7,121,300 PENNSYLVANIA $22,404,800 IDAHO $7,121,300 PUERTO RICO $10,225,000 ILLINOIS $24,753,200 RHODE ISLAND $7,121,300 INDIANA $ 8,687,500 SOUTH CAROLINA $ 7,669,400 IOWA $11,238,700 SOUTH DAKOTA $ 7,121,300 KANSAS $10,008,100 TENNESSEE $9,557,400 KENTUCKY $10,851,600 TEXAS $54,014,400 LOUISIANA $ 9,949,200 UTAH $ 7,121,300 MAINE $ 7,121,300 VERMONT $ 7,121,300 MARYLAND $7,121,300 VIRGINIA $13,895,300 MASSACHUSETTS $27,414,400 WASHINGTON $19,169,100 MICHIGAN $20,951,400 WEST VIRGINIA $ 7,121,300 MINNESOTA $11,856,100 WISCONSIN $ 9,548,400 MISSISSIPPI $ 8,271,700 WYOMING $7,121,300 MISSOURI $ 9,574,900 D.C. $ 7,121,300 MONTANA $ 7,121,300 OTHER AREAS* $ 2,350,000
NEBRASKA $ 7,121,300
*Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam & Northern Mariana