WEF, AWWA, and AMWA Urge Congress to Fully Fund SRF, WIFIA Pilots

The Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.), American Water Works Association (Denver), and Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (Washington, D.C.) are working together to encourage public officials to fund clean water.

On May 30, the organizations sent letters to the leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee and the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee requesting funding in fiscal year (FY) 2015 for the recently passed Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program. The letters also requested funding for the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) programs equal to FY 2014 levels.

WIFIA was created as part of H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013. The program is authorized to receive $20 million in FY 2015, which is the amount the letter requests. The letter also emphasizes that due to the national need for increased funding to support drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, the SRF programs should be fully funded at FY 2014 levels, at a minimum. The letter states, “funding for WIFIA should not come at the expense of the SRFs, just as SRF funding should not come at the expense of WIFIA.”

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