IHS Announces Over $700 Million to Improve Drinking Water and Sewage Systems in Indian Country


September 11, 2023

Funds will be used to improve access to healthy drinking water in Indian Country. (Photo/IHS)

More than 36,000 American Indian and Alaska Native households will benefit from $702.6 million in funding announced by the Indian Health Service (IHS) on Thursday.

The funding comes from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. It will provide critical infrastructure for essential sanitation facilities throughout Indian Country, according to the IHS press release. Included in the improved services will be robust drinking water sources, reliable sewage systems, and effective solid waste disposal facilities.

"The projects funded through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law are critical towards making substantial improvements in clean water and sanitation systems in our tribal communities," IHS Director Roselyn Tso (Diné) said. "The IHS will continue to leverage the use of multiple strategies and available authorities to ensure timely and efficient distribution of this historic funding."



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