Utilities Groups Lobby Congress for Support Due to Pandemic

Two trade associations representing clean water and drinking water utilities, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) and the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA), are pushing Congress for financial relief due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The campaign aims to ensure federal water investment is included in any relief package related to the pandemic or in a large infrastructure package. Another goal is to create a permanent funding source for low-income household drinking water and wastewater assistance. In the omnibus spending bill passed late last year, Congress included $638 million to create a Low-Income Water Assistance Program (LIWAP).

Communities across the country are dealing with funding gaps due to the pandemic and associated economic downturn. At the same time, federal investment in water infrastructure sits at 4% of total investment in 2020, down from 63% in 1977, creating a situation where utilities are forced to charge more for services, which prices low-income customers out of those services, leaving even less revenue for the utility.

APWA plans to follow its 117th Congress Water Resiliency priorities and work with Congress and the Biden Administration to ensure robust funding for drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities.

For more information on these efforts, please contact APWA Government Affairs Manager Sean Garcia at sgarcia@apwa.net.