APWA Urges Senate Action on Bipartisan Water Infrastructure Bill


APWA sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer last week, urging the Senate to quickly pass a bipartisan water infrastructure bill. The House of Representatives voted unanimously to approve S. 3021, “America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018”, which includes bipartisan elements of bills passed by several Congressional committees, including the Secure Required Funding for Water Infrastructure Now (SRF WIN) Act, the Drinking Water System Improvement Act, and other elements related to water infrastructure.
 
Including the SRF WIN Act will allow state SRF programs to use the leveraging power of the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program, which is critical as the state financing authorities are all AAA bond rated. These elements allow for states to leverage at a ratio of over 100:1 (i.e. for every federal dollar invested, 100+ non-federal dollars are available). Inclusion of the Drinking Water Systems Improvement Act reauthorizes the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) program and increases funding levels over the next three years. In addition to these two elements, which APWA has advocated for during the 115th Congress, the following items are included in the legislation:
  • Clean, safe, reliable water infrastructure (Sec. 2002);
  • Study on intractable water systems (Sec. 2003);
  • Drinking water infrastructure resilience and sustainability (Sec. 2005);
  • Asset management (Sec. 2012);
  • Community water system risk and resilience (Sec. 2013);
  • Authorization for grants for state programs (Sec. 2014);
  • State revolving loan funds (Sec. 2015);
  • Report on Federal cross-cutting requirements (Sec. 2019);
  • Stormwater infrastructure funding task force (Sec. 4101);
  • Sewer overflow control grants (Sec. 4106);
  • Reauthorization of the WIFIA program (Sec. 4201); and
  • Water infrastructure and workforce investment (Sec. 4304).
You can contact your Senator and ask them to support quick action on S. 3021 through our Legislative Action Center.

A section by section breakdown of the bill may be found here.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Government Affairs Manager Sean Garcia at sgarcia@apwa.net or 202-218-6734.