DALLAS — EPA awarded more than $13.5 million to help Arkansas upgrade, install and replace water infrastructure, according to a press release.

Arkansas Natural Resource Commission plans to use the funds mainly to provide loan assistance to eligible public water systems to help ensure safe drinking water, stated the release.

The release reported that EPA works with states and other organizations to help protect against naturally occurring and man-made contaminants found in drinking water sources.

The funds awarded to Arkansas are a part of the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF), which assists drinking water systems by helping to finance infrastructure improvements, noted the release.

Read the entire release here.