Washington Report

EPA announces new drinking water health advisories for PFAS

EPA announces new drinking water health advisories for PFAS

June 20, 2022 at 8:48 am 0 comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released four drinking water health advisories for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the latest action under President Joe Biden’s action plan to deliver clean water and EPA Administrator Michael Regan’s PFAS Strategic Roadmap. The agency also announced that it is inviting states and territoriesRead More

Water Finance Conference returning to Washington, D.C., in August

Water Finance Conference returning to Washington, D.C., in August

June 8, 2022 at 1:15 pm 0 comments

Registration now open for 8th annual event; Early bird registration ends July 15 The eighth annual Water Finance Conference will be returning to the nation’s capital this summer, Aug. 17-18, 2022, at the Hilton Washington DC Capitol Hill Hotel. The agenda will be released in the coming weeks and registration is nowRead More

House panel advances water resources package

House panel advances water resources package

May 27, 2022 at 7:32 am 0 comments

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in May approved its version of biennial water resources legislation to authorize a series of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers flood control, navigation, and ecosystem restoration projects. Like a Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) measure advanced earlier this month by a Senate committee, the House version includes language to addressRead More

EPA announces additional $1.9 billion for SRF funds

EPA announces additional $1.9 billion for SRF funds

May 16, 2022 at 6:30 am 0 comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced $1.9 billion in grant funding to the State Revolving Funds (SRF) to accelerate progress on water infrastructure projects. Combined with historic investments through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, this funding will help states, Tribes, and territories upgrade water infrastructure to provide safe drinkingRead More

Senate panel advances WRDA bill

Senate panel advances WRDA bill

May 13, 2022 at 8:00 am 0 comments

Recently, the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee unanimously advanced the latest iteration of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), biennial legislation that authorizes flood control, navigation, and ecosystem restoration projects carried out by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. According to the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA), unlike several WRDA billsRead More

FY23 budget proposal would expand drinking  water funds, affordability assistance

FY23 budget proposal would expand drinking water funds, affordability assistance

April 4, 2022 at 8:34 am 0 comments

The FY23 budget request released by the White House would boost EPA spending to $11.9 billion in 2023, (an increase from $9.56 billion in FY22), while providing full funding for a new drinking water system resilience program long championed by the drinking water sector and the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA).Read More

NACWA applauds Senate bill on labeling of non-flushable products

NACWA applauds Senate bill on labeling of non-flushable products

March 31, 2022 at 9:36 am 0 comments

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) has expressed its support for the introduction of the Wastewater Infrastructure Pollution Prevention and Environmental Safety (WIPPES) Act. The bipartisan legislation was introduced by Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and will set important federal standards for the labeling ofRead More

NACWA: Clean Water SRF fund allotment formula under review

NACWA: Clean Water SRF fund allotment formula under review

March 21, 2022 at 7:49 am 0 comments

Last week, members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee heard testimony from public clean water utility members of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) during the committee’s hearing, “Oversight of the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund Formula.” The hearing focused on examining potential changes toRead More

AMWA: Action needed on Build Back Better bill

AMWA: Action needed on Build Back Better bill

February 14, 2022 at 8:57 am 0 comments

The Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) wrote to Democratic House and Senate leaders earlier in February in support of including funding for lead service line replacement projects and water affordability initiatives in the final version of legislation to implement President Biden’s Build Back Better (BBB) agenda. AMWA and otherRead More

Biden’s EPA takes further action to mandate LSL replacement

Biden’s EPA takes further action to mandate LSL replacement

January 3, 2022 at 6:00 am 0 comments

On Dec. 16, 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) long-awaited Lead and Copper Rule Revisions (LCRR) took effect, nearly a year after they were finalized by the then-outgoing Trump Administration. The Biden administration marked the occasion by announcing a new Lead Pipe and Paint Action Plan that will seek to achieveRead More