PROGRAM

The Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA)
program accelerates investment in our nation's water
infrastructure by providing long-term, low-cost supplemental
loans for regionally and nationally significant projects.

CITY OF PALO ALTO

PROJECT NAME: Regional Water Quality Control Plant Secondary Treatment Upgrades Project
LOCATION: Palo Alto, CA

INVITED WIFIA LOAN AMOUNT $66 million
POPULATION SERVED BY PROJECT: 221,000
PROJECT TYPE: Wastewater

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

The Palo Alto Regional Water Quality Control Plant Secondary Treatment Upgrades Project will
implement cutting-edge treatment improvements at the City's Regional Water Quality Control Plant.
The project will convert the process into a three-step feed activated sludge configuration, add process
intensification via installation of membrane aerated biofilm reactors to meet permit nitrogen removal
targets, and decommission the fixed-film reactors. The purpose of the project is to rehabilitate aging
infrastructure, reduce nutrient discharge into the San Francisco Bay, assist in regulatory compliance, and
accommodate population growth while using an innovative technology resulting in energy efficiency and
reduced power consumption.

NUMBER OF PEOPLE IMPACTED:

25 million in 20 states

Selected projects must submit an application for a WIFIA loan, pass a creditworthiness assessment,
negotiate a mutually agreeable term sheet, and execute a credit agreement to receive WIFIA funding.
An invitation to apply indicates that EPA believes the selected projects will be able to attain WIFIA loans.

FY 2020 SELECTION ROUND

TOTAL WATER INFRASTRUCTURE
INVESTMENT SUPPORTED: $12.5 billion

TOTAL LOAN AMOUNT $5.1 billion

NUMBER OF PROJECTS SELECTED: 55

United States
Environmental Protection
Agency

WEBSITE: www.epa.gov/wifia
EMAIL; wifia@EPA.gov


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