APWA Calls for Local Decisions in Project Material Selection

Earlier this month, APWA joined with other water groups to urge Congress to oppose materials preference language in any legislation reauthorizing the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) program. At a markup this month, a discussion draft of the “Drinking Water System Improvement Act” included language that would potentially impose new materials mandates on communities that use DWSRF funds to make improvements to their drinking water system.

A coalition of associations and groups representing water interests, including APWA, sent a letter to Congressional leadership to oppose this language. APWA believes that such language would actually supersede engineering judgment and impose new mandates on communities with the sole purpose of using government to promote the use of specific materials for various water projects. APWA believes communities should remain free to adopt system-wide best management practices and uniform specifications in the development and maintenance of their water systems to maximize efficiency and control costs, rather than forcing them to comply with more red tape from above.

You can read the text of the letter here.