President signs bill to reduce lead in drinking water

Last week, President Trump signed into law S. 1689, the Water Infrastructure Funding Transfer Act. The new law gives greater flexibility to State Revolving Fund (SRF) programs across the country to help finance projects that reduce lead in drinking water.
Specifically, the bill allows transfers from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) to the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) during a one-year period ending on October 4, 2020, in an amount up to 5% of the state’s cumulative CWSRF federal grant dollars. The transferred funds may be used to provide financial support in the form of forgiveness of principal, negative interest loans or grants (or any combination). This authority is in addition to the existing transfer authority under the Safe Drinking Water Act.
For more information on this action or other drinking water issues, please contact APWA Government Affairs Manager Sean Garcia.