APWA Issues Support for Drinking Water Legislation


The American Public Works Association (APWA) issued a letter to leadership of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Subcommittee on Environment in support of H.R. 3387, the “Drinking Water System Improvement Act” of 2017. This important legislation will help communities across the nation maintain and enhance their drinking water infrastructure.

The letter, addressed to full Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.), full Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus (R-Ill.), and Subcommittee Ranking Member Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.), applauds the members and staff for their work on the legislation, and points out key components of the bill, including:
  • Reauthorizing and increasing funding for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) program;
  • Adding language to the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) regarding best practices for asset management;
  • Providing additional assistance for disadvantaged communities under the DWSRF;
  • Calling for a federal study on compliance with federal “cross-cutting” requirements; and
  • Including language to include replacement of lead service lines as a factor in any drinking water needs survey conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The legislation is scheduled for a markup on July 27th, at 10 AM ET. APWA has expressed its readiness to continue to work with Committee leadership to ensure that the legislation becomes law.

You can read the text of the letter here.