WEF Joins Opposition Against Cuts to Rural Utilities

July 18, 2017

Laws & Regs

On June 15, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) joined six other water associations in sending a letter to Congress expressing opposition to President Trump’s proposed cuts to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Water and Wastewater Loan Grant Program in the fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget. The letter has been sent to leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committees.

Water Advocates Guide and ToolkitThe program has provided low-interest loans and grants to utilities in rural America to ensure that communities have safe drinking water and adequate wastewater services. The president’s proposed budget cuts the program from $498 million in fiscal year FY 2017 to $0 in FY 2018.

WEF members interested in expressing their opinions on budget changes for water quality programs can send letters to members of Congress through the Water Advocates program.

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