San Francisco Mayor London Breed, the city’s Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) and its partners throughout the nation are applauding the establishment of a federal grant program to fund training and career development for workers in the water and wastewater industries.
The workforce training and development measure was included in the America’s Water Infrastructure Act, which was signed by President Donald Trump on Tuesday and combines the regular, two-year Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) legislation and a Safe Drinking Water Act bill produced by the House of Representatives.
The $1 million per year competitive grant program was championed by the SFPUC and its partner utilities in the Water Agency Leaders Alliance (WALA), the National League of Cities (NLC) and the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), among other national organizations. The original legislation was sponsored by U.S. Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.).