APWA Applauds Signing of Water Infrastructure Bill


The American Public Works Association (APWA) applauds President Donald Trump for signing S. 3021, “America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018” into law. This legislation, approved unanimously by the House, and by a 99-1 vote in the Senate, 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.
 
Inclusion of the SRF WIN Act allows 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 SRF WIN and the Drinking Water Systems Improvement Act, 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).
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.