Washington Report

House passes PFAS Action Act, but there’s one problem

House passes PFAS Action Act, but there’s one problem

July 26, 2021 at 10:10 am 0 comments

Last week, the House of Representatives approved legislation that would require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish national drinking water standards for regulating harmful forever chemicals, known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), that are linked to kidney, liver and other health problems. By designating the chemical asRead More

Biden administration, Senators agree on bipartisan infrastructure framework

Biden administration, Senators agree on bipartisan infrastructure framework

June 28, 2021 at 10:11 am 0 comments

The Biden administration and a bipartisan group of senators last week reached agreement on a $1.2 trillion “Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework” that could set the stage for a massive new investment in the nation’s infrastructure, according to the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA). According to a summary released by the White House,Read More

Senate confirms Fox to lead EPA’s Office of Water

Senate confirms Fox to lead EPA’s Office of Water

June 17, 2021 at 3:44 pm 0 comments

The Senate voted on Wednesday to confirm Radhika Fox as the new Assistant Administrator for Water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Her nomination was confirmed by a vote of 55-43. Fox served as CEO of the nonprofit US Water Alliance since 2015 until she was nominated by PresidentRead More

Low-income water assistance program formally launched

Low-income water assistance program formally launched

June 7, 2021 at 8:32 am 0 comments

The White House last week announced the official launch of the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) housed at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).  This program is the first of its kind designed to provide funding to help low-income households affected by the COVID-19 pandemic pay their water andRead More

Congress, water sector signal optimism for major investment

Congress, water sector signal optimism for major investment

May 3, 2021 at 9:00 am 0 comments

On Thursday the U.S. Senate voted to pass S. 914, the Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act (DWWIA). It is the first infrastructure bill approved by the Senate this Congress. The bipartisan, comprehensive clean water and drinking water infrastructure legislation will authorize strong annual water infrastructure investment to help boost total federalRead More

Biden unveils $2 trillion infrastructure plan; water sector reacts

Biden unveils $2 trillion infrastructure plan; water sector reacts

April 5, 2021 at 9:18 am 0 comments

On March 31, the White House released The American Jobs Plan, a $2 trillion infrastructure plan aimed at creating jobs and rebuilding U.S. infrastructure. The Biden Administration is proposing a total of $111 billion dollars in clean water and drinking water investments. While the proposal does not include detailed programmatic fundingRead More

EPA requesting additional input on Lead and Copper Rule

EPA requesting additional input on Lead and Copper Rule

March 15, 2021 at 8:21 am 0 comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing that it is extending the effective date of the Revised Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) so that the agency can seek further public input, particularly from communities that are most at-risk of exposure to lead in drinking water. EPA is committed toRead More

Biden signs COVID stimulus including water affordability program funding

Biden signs COVID stimulus including water affordability program funding

March 12, 2021 at 10:16 am 0 comments

President Joe Biden on Friday signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act, legislation to deliver additional COVID-19 relief that contains $500 million in assistance for low-income clean water customers and support for critical water and sewer investments. This water assistance funding comes in addition to the initial $638 million providedRead More

U.S. infrastructure receives C- grade on ASCE’s 2021 report card

U.S. infrastructure receives C- grade on ASCE’s 2021 report card

March 3, 2021 at 12:44 pm 0 comments

Last week, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released its 2021 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, giving overall infrastructure in the United States a cumulative grade of C-. Although the report card finds the country is spending just over half of what is needed, it’s the first time infrastructure as a wholeRead More

Water sector applauds House leadership for affordability program boost

Water sector applauds House leadership for affordability program boost

March 1, 2021 at 10:36 am 0 comments

On Friday, the House of Representatives passed the American Rescue Plan Act, legislation to deliver additional COVID-19 relief that contains $500 million for low-income water utility bill assistance. This new funding for low-income water assistance comes in addition to the initial $638 million provided in the December 2020 FY21 ConsolidatedRead More