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Water sector reiterates call to fully fund SRFs in 2024

Sep 6, 2023

In August, 18 water sector organizations including those representing U.S. utility systems, wrote to Congress to reiterate support for funding the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRFs) to the maximum authorization in federal law, $3 billion each, for fiscal year 2024.

In July, a House Appropriations committee proposed a significant decrease for the Clean and Drinking Water SRFs in FY24 to reduce EPA spending. Senate appropriators have in turn proposed maintaining SRF and overall EPA funding relatively flat for next year. According to the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA), representing large drinking water systems, negotiators in Congress will need to reach an agreement on funding for the SRFs, overall EPA and the entire federal government later this fall. On that front, AMWA added that speculation is growing on Capitol Hill that lawmakers might risk a government shutdown if progress towards a deal is not made by Oct. 1, the start of the new fiscal year.

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