Water Infrastructure Priorities Presented to Congress

On Nov. 2, staff from the Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) and major water organizations attended a roundtable meeting with eight senior members of U.S. Congress to present recommendations for U.S. water infrastructure.

Recommendations were drawn from a document developed to help Congress and the Trump Administration include policies and funding for water infrastructure in the major infrastructure package being drafted.

The document was developed through a process involving leaders and stakeholders from various segments of the water sector. Major funding recommendations include increased support for State Revolving Fund (SRF) programs, full funding for the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act, lifting the cap on private activity bonds, removing the debt defeasance penalty, and allowing private utilities to access Clean Water SRF funding. 

Policy recommendations included more technical assistance funding for small and rural systems, support for increased collaboration and partnership between utilities, increased funding and support for water technology research, safe harbor for utilities acquiring non-compliant systems, and support for the Effective Utility Management principles.

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