Oct 11, 2018

Congress Approves America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018

The water infrastructure bill now awaits the president’s signature

America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 passes Congress
America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 passes Congress

Congress has approved America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, a bill set to provide more than $6 billion in funding for water infrastructure projects nationwide if signed by President Donald J. Trump.

According to PBS News, the bill marks the most comprehensive infrastructure legislation passed this Congress and would authorize federal funds for water projects, including post-Harvey wetland restoration, the U.S. EPA’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and hydropower projects.

“This legislation invests in the critical water infrastructure we don’t see every day, but that American families in every state rely on, such as drinking water systems, dams, reservoirs, levees and ports,” said Environment and Public Works Committee Ranking Member Tom Carper (D-Del.).

Additionally, the bill includes a provision that requires the government to prioritize low-income communities for lead testing programs, as reported by The Hill. It also de-authorizes spending on water projects that have been decided insufficient.

“America needs comprehensive water infrastructure legislation that will cut Washington red tape, create jobs and keep communities safe,” said Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

Plumbing Manufacturers Intl. (PMI) announced their support for the Senate’s passing of the bipartisan America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, which includes a PMI-supported provision to authorize the EPA’s WaterSense program.

“Gaining congressional approval for WaterSense authorization is an achievement PMI, our members and our coalition partners have steadfastly worked toward for many years,” said PMI’s CEO/Executive Director Kerry Stackpole. “Authorization will provide certainty to the WaterSense program and its partners.”

While the bill passed the Senate Wednesday, Oct. 10, it awaits the signature of President Donald J. Trump to be passed.