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Associations urge Congress to prioritize affordability, build on LIHWAP program
Five water sector organizations joined forces today to release a new report on the growing water affordability concern for low-income Americans and call for a permanent program to address the challenge.
The American Water Works Association (AWWA), Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA), National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), National Association of Water Companies (NAWC), and Water Environment Federation (WEF) released formal policy recommendations to Congress and the White House on establishing a permanent federal low-income water assistance program. In addition, the groups released a detailed analysis, “Low-Income Water Customer Assistance Program Assessment Study.” The study establishes that water affordability is a significant challenge for 20 million U.S. households and puts the annual need for federal funding to address this challenge as high as $7.9 billion.