NACWA CEO Adam Krantz Applauds the Prioritization of Clean Water Resilience in the Build Back Better Act
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General Counsel & Chief Advocacy Officer
WASHINGTON – The following is a statement from National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) CEO Adam Krantz in response to the House passage of the Build Back Better Act.
"This morning, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass the Build Back Better Act. This legislation takes action to support more affordable, resilient water services around the country. If enacted, the bill will provide nearly $2 billion in federal funding for sewer overflow controls, stormwater management and investment in water recycling – long-awaited funding that will help address some of the greatest drivers of increasing water rates. The bill would further help local communities invest in climate adaptation and resilience to protect critical infrastructure.
The bill also provides $225 million for U.S. EPA to provide assistance for low-income water customers facing hardship paying their water and sewer bills – another critical step toward addressing the challenge of water affordability and one that NACWA has long-championed.
Clean water utilities provide essential services that protect the environment and keep local communities healthy and resilient. NACWA applauds Congress for including these clean water investments in this package and looks forward to continued collaboration as this bill heads to the Senate for consideration."
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.