In a move to improve aging water infrastructure and protect health and the environment for the state of Oklahoma, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded more than $31 million to the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality.

The funds will go to the state’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program. The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program provides low-interest loans for drinking water systems to finance infrastructure improvements. The program emphasizes providing funds to small and disadvantaged communities and to programs that encourage pollution prevention as a tool for ensuring safe drinking water.