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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

AMWA: EPA would win big under Biden budget plan

AMWA: EPA would win big under Biden budget plan

April 16, 2021 at 9:43 am 0 comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would come out as a big winner in an initial FY22 budget outline released by the Biden administration, according to the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies. Under the plan, the agency would be in line for a total funding allotment of $11.2 billion or a 21.3Read 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, 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

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AMWA: LCR revisions hit Federal Register

January 19, 2021 at 9:38 am 0 comments

After being unveiled Dec. 22, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published the final Lead and Copper Rule revisions in the Jan. 15 Federal Register. The incoming Biden administration plans to review rules finalized in the closing days of the Trump administration that have not taken effect as of Jan. 20. With anRead More

Here’s what the water sector wants from Congress and President-elect Biden

Here’s what the water sector wants from Congress and President-elect Biden

November 23, 2020 at 10:44 am 0 comments

In a letter to President-elect Joe Biden last week, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) urged the incoming administration to prioritize COVID-19 relief for water utilities and investment for the overall water infrastructure sector. The letter, authored by association president Melissa Elliott, cites AWWA research that revenue shortfalls at U.S. drinkingRead More

AMWA: Spending bill with WIFIA restrictions advances in House

AMWA: Spending bill with WIFIA restrictions advances in House

July 27, 2020 at 10:48 am 0 comments

The U.S. EPA’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program would receive no new funding under a package of FY21 appropriations bills approved by the House of Representatives last week. Lawmakers have adopted an amendment to the bill intended to protect projects already awaiting WIFIA loans. The measure would provide EPARead More

Water sector asks Senate for aid in next relief package

Water sector asks Senate for aid in next relief package

June 22, 2020 at 7:50 am 0 comments

The Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) and National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), two organizations representing municipally-owned utilities, recently asked Senate leaders to include public sector aid in the next round of COVID-19 relief legislation. Pointing to estimates that drinking water and wastewater systems could lose as muchRead More