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Congress Used Money Slated for Clean Water as Earmarks

Apr 28, 2023

Although Congress approved spending $55 billion to improve the nation’s water supply as part of the $1.7 trillion infrastructure package two years ago, water districts, like the Union Sanitary District in San Francisco’s Bay Area, still don’t have enough money to upgrade a wastewater treatment facility built in the 1950s. Officials say that’s because some money was diverted from clean water projects to congressional earmarks for special water projects in members' home districts.

According to state water associations, the money that Congress raided for earmarks was supposed to go to states through two programs—the Clean Water and the Drinking Water revolving funds.

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