NACWA says bill will advance clean water research, innovation

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Bipartisan legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives last week to establish and fund a federal Advanced Research Projects Agency – Water (ARPA-H2O) to provide funding assistance to drinking water and clean water systems, private sector entities, academic research institutions, and nonprofit organizations.

The bill would support the development of innovative and technologically advanced methods to improve the treatment, monitoring, delivery, affordability and safety of drinking water and clean water.

National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) CEO Adam Krantz issued the following statement:

“On behalf of public clean water utilities around the country I applaud Representatives John Katko and Dan Kildee for advancing this landmark legislation. The bipartisan introduction of ARPA-H20 marks Congress’s recognition that clean water is an essential part of America’s infrastructure system. I am certain that the technological innovations and cutting-edge partnerships that will form once this legislation is passed into law will help revolutionize how we think about our most fundamental natural resource – water. ARPA-H2O will help further advance the move toward clean water agencies becoming smart utilities that embrace the full array of sustainable, resource recovery initiatives.”

NACWA said it wishes to thank Representatives John Katko (R-N.Y.) and Dan Kildee (D-Mich.) for championing this legislation and looks forward to continuing its work with Congress to pass this bipartisan legislation.

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) has been a recognized leader in legislative, regulatory, legal and communications advocacy on the full spectrum of clean water issues. NACWA represents public wastewater and stormwater agencies of all sizes nationwide. Its unique and growing network strengthens the advocacy voice for the public clean water sector and helps advance policies to provide affordable and sustainable clean water for all. For more information, visit nacwa.org.

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