Clean Water Funding Investment Bill Introduced in Congress

The bipartisan legislation could provide the largest-ever increase to the Clean Water State Revolving Fund

A bipartisan bill recently introduced U.S. House of Representatives could provide a major increase in authorized funding for federal clean water programs, including the largest-ever increase to the Clean Water State Revolving Fund.

The legislation — titled the Drinking Water Infrastructure for Job Creation Act — was endorsed by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) and other clean water organizations. NACWA has long advocated for key funding reauthorizations and increases included in the bill, the organization stated in a press release.

The bill aims to help ensure communities across the country have the resources they need to invest in improving aging infrastructure, addressing emerging water quality challenges and delivering reliable clean water services at rates that are affordable for all.

Reps. Peter A. DeFazio (D-Oregon), Don Young (R-Alaska) and John Katko (R-New York) introduced the bill, indicating a bipartisan drive to collaborate on infrastructure issues, and specifically on clean water, this congressional session.

“NACWA applauds this significant bipartisan effort to reaffirm the federal commitment to investing in clean water and addressing our nation’s infrastructure challenges,” says NACWA CEO Adam Krantz. “This legislation authorizes essential federal investment for critical clean water infrastructure programs, ensuring that public water service providers — and the communities they serve — will have the tools they need to maintain and improve their systems protecting public health, the environment, and a strong economy.”

The bill would reauthorize several core programs that provide financing and technical assistance to local communities. These programs help local communities better manage the substantial costs associated with maintaining aging infrastructure and complying with the federal Clean Water Act. The federal government’s share of total national investment in water and wastewater is presently below 5 percent, meaning local ratepayers overwhelmingly bear the cost of construction, operations, maintenance, upgrades and compliance.

“As communities in every region are asked to do more with less, Congress’ move to increase the federal government’s investment-share in the delivery of clean water is a positive development,” Krantz says.


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