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Los Angeles County is getting a $441 million loan to modernize its aged sewer system, which is at risk of failure during severe storms and earthquakes.

“Too many communities across the country rely on outdated and inefficient water infrastructure that puts public health and environmental protection at risk,” Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Assistant Administrator Radhika Fox said. “This WIFIA (Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act) investment in LA County will help ensure wastewater infrastructure reliably serves five million customers while protecting nearby waters.”

The EPA predicts construction will be completed in 2027, and 2,880 local jobs will be created by the project.