APWA Provides Testimony to House Committee on Water Infrastructure

Today, APWA submitted written testimony to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment. The testimony was for a hearing entitled, “Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America: Water Stakeholder’ Perspectives.” Within the testimony, APWA calls for five priorities related to water resiliency:
  • Update water and wastewater regulations;
  • Protect people, property, and the environment;
  • Preserve and enhance water infrastructure;
  • Develop science-based, cost-effective regulations; and
  • Streamline local, state, and federal governance structures.

Within these priorities, APWA called for specific legislative actions, including preserving the tax-exempt status of municipal bonds, codifying the Environmental Protection Agency’s Integrated Planning program into statute, and provide robust funding for federal programs that support the maintenance and development of water and wastewater infrastructure, such as the State Revolving Fund (SRF) programs, the Water Infrastructure Finance Innovation Act (WIFIA) program, and the Rural Utilities Service (RUS).

Subcommittee Chairman Garret Graves (R-La.) stated the need for change in the current infrastructure system, and echoed many of APWA’s statements, saying, “we need to move away from ‘business as usual’ and utilize every tool available. This means searching for new sources of funding, increasing collaboration between the public and private sectors, and improving federal regulatory governance. We need smarter asset management and increased efficiencies in our water systems, and to do so, we need to incentivize the adoption of new and innovative technologies that will cut costs and improve water quality.”

You can view the hearing webcast at the Committee website.

You can read the submitted APWA testimony here.