Public Clean Water Sector Applauds House of Representatives for Advancing Historic Clean Water State Revolving Fund Reauthorization
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Statement from NACWA Commends House T&I Committee’s Commitment to Increased Clean Water Funding
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee marked up and advanced H.R. 1915, the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2021.
This legislation follows the Senate’s passage in May of its clean water reauthorization package, S. 914, the Senate Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act of 2021 (DWWIA). The (T&I) Committee’s action today marks another step towards increasing clean water investment, setting the stage for increased funding year over year that better reflects the critical needs for clean water investment.
Most notably, H.R. 1915 would provide the first ever reauthorization of the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) at an historic $40 billion over five years. The bill also includes a reauthorization of the Sewer Overflow and Stormwater Reuse Municipal Grants at $2 billion over five years and support for water technology investments by utilities, among other beneficial clean water provisions, and emphasizes the role that clean water investment plays in building resilient communities.
Adam Krantz, Chief Executive Officer of NACWA, issued the following statement:
“NACWA applauds the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for advancing this historic reauthorization of the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, among other provisions in this legislation. Taken together with the Senate’s Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act of 2021 (DWWIA), it is clear that both chambers of Congress are working hard to deliver robust funding and support to America’s public clean water sector in advance of President Biden’s comprehensive infrastructure package.
“NACWA thanks the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, especially Committee Chair Peter DeFazio and Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee Chair Grace Napolitano, for their recognition of the public clean water sector’s vital role in protecting public health and the environment and building strong communities and economies. NACWA looks forward to continued collaboration with Congress to advance legislation that puts federal investment in water closer on par with other key infrastructure sectors.”
For over 50 years, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) has been the nation’s recognized leader in legislative, regulatory, legal and communications advocacy on the full spectrum of clean water issues. NACWA represents public wastewater and stormwater agencies of all sizes nationwide. Our unique and growing network strengthens the advocacy voice for the public clean water sector and helps advance policies to provide affordable and sustainable clean water for all. Our vision is to advance sustainable and responsible policy initiatives that help to shape a strong and sustainable clean water future. For more information, visit us at www.nacwa.org.