Federal money headed to Tucson to address PFAS, lead pipes and other water issues

More federal funding is on the way to the Tucson region for water treatment projects.

Local and state officials in Tucson have already spent years trying to clean up groundwater contamination from a chemical called TCE. Local authorities also test and clean the water for PFAS — a group of man-made chemicals linked to cancer and other health problems.

Almost $112 million is currently flowing from the bipartisan infrastructure bill. It will be used for projects such as treating PFAS and other emerging pollutants, replacing lead service lines in Tucson and other clean water initiatives across the state.

The funding builds on existing efforts to combat groundwater pollution in Tucson. Last fall, the EPA announced a $30 million investment to support construction of a new PFAS treatment facility.

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A giant metal pipe carries untreated groundwater to the warehouse, where it is cleaned at the TARP facility in south Tucson.

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