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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

NACWA says funding for federal affordability program “nowhere near” needed levels

NACWA says funding for federal affordability program “nowhere near” needed levels

February 12, 2021 at 4:47 pm 0 comments

Last week the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee marked up its contribution to the next COVID-19 relief bill last week. Included was an additional $500 million for the Low-Income Water Customer Assistance Program administered by Health and Human Services, bringing the potential total amount for low-income water assistanceRead More

AMWA: Final Lead and Copper Rule Contains Big Changes

AMWA: Final Lead and Copper Rule Contains Big Changes

February 8, 2021 at 9:49 am 0 comments

By Diane VanDe Hei After years of development, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its long-awaited revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) in the Federal Register on Jan. 15, 2021, beginning the ticking of two simultaneous clocks: 60 days until the new rule officially takes effect, andRead More

NACWA, AMWA launch new campaign to reaffirm commitment to federal investment in water

NACWA, AMWA launch new campaign to reaffirm commitment to federal investment in water

February 1, 2021 at 9:45 am 0 comments

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) and the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) today kicked off a new joint campaign that the two organizations are calling: Affordable Water, Resilient Communities. Local utilities and their customers face financial challenges after years of increasing local costs and declining federal cost-share. The newRead More

Biden outlines stimulus plan including water rate assistance

Biden outlines stimulus plan including water rate assistance

January 28, 2021 at 11:25 am 0 comments

A $1.9 trillion COVID-19 economic stimulus plan outlined by President Joe Biden proposes billions of dollars to help low-income families pay water and other utility bills while also offering additional funds to supplement the budgets of state and local governments. Called the American Rescue Plan, the President-elect’s proposal includes an abundance of Democratic prioritiesRead More