Congress has approved major water infrastructure legislation that authorizes $3.7 billion for new Army Corps of Engineers civil-works projects and $4.4 billion for the Environmental Protection Agency drinking-water program.
But those authorizations still would require annual appropriations before the Corps and local water agencies can let construction contracts.
Final congressional approval for the America's Water Infrastructure Act came on Oct. 10, when the Senate passed the measure by an overwhelming 99-1 vote.
[See earlier ENR story on the legislation, with other industry officials' comments.]
The water legislation now goes to President Trump for his signature.
If enacted in coming days, it would be the second significant infrastructure bill to go on the books within about a week. A five-year Federal Aviation Administration bill, including authorizations for FAA's Airport Improvement Program construction grants, was enacted on Oct.5.