APWA Issues Support for Two Congressional Water Bills

APWA has recently endorsed two pieces of legislation related to water infrastructure.

The first bill, the Safe Drinking Water Assistance Act, was introduced by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Senator Rob Portman (R-OH). The legislation would help improve research into the human health implications of emerging contaminants in drinking water by establishing an interagency working group between the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The bill would also establish a National Emerging Contaminant Research Initiative to improve how communities deal with emerging contaminants. The letter was signed by nine other water sector stakeholders in addition to APWA.
The second bill, the Stop Sewage Overflow Act, was introduced by Representative Lori Trahan (D-MA) and Representative Darin LaHood (R-IL). This bill reauthorizes the Sewer Overflow and Stormwater Reuse Municipal Grant program through the year 2030, as well as increasing funding for the program to $500 million annually. The legislation includes language that will help prioritize communities that suffer from severe Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) issues, and also reduces the local match requirement for a federal grant through the program to ensure that communities most in need of assistance will receive financial support. You may read APWA’s letter here.
If you have questions or comments about this legislation please contact APWA Government Affairs Manager Sean Garcia.