Legislation & Regulation

We watch Washington, D.C.,
so you don't have to!

Many critical decisions affecting US water utilities, their customers and AWWA members are made in the nation's capital. From regulations to spending, all of it happens in Washington, D.C. The AWWA Government Affairs staff  is here working on behalf of the water community.

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Leadership on regulations

Directed by the Water Utility Council and guided by sound science, the AWWA Government Affairs staff work directly with the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies to ensure the development of effective and affordable regulations that affect the water community. 

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Leadership on critical issues

Safe drinking water is a critical public health concern, including the 535 members of Congress. It starts with the molding of legislation that affects this critical public service, from the protection of water sources to the security and preparedness of utilities and the modernization of infrastructure.

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In the closing days of the Obama administration a number of federal actions were released to the public. Some are final action and other are precursors to future federal direction water systems.
Approximately $1 billion in credit assistance for water infrastructure projects under the new Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act program is now available, announced the US Environmental Protection Agency.
The US Environmental Protection Agency has released the Fourth Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule, which requires systems to monitor 30 currently unregulated contaminants.
A new report from the US Environmental Protection Agency provides scientific evidence that hydraulic fracturing activities can impact drinking water resources in the United States under some circumstances.
Two complementary resources from the Obama Administration address the safety of drinking water.

Legislative Alert: 'Open Procurement' proposals threaten engineering-based decisionmaking

The AWWA Water Utility Council has been made aware of efforts in several states and municipalities to enact legislation, often called “Open Procurement” bills, that would effectively force communities or utilities to seek bids for materials, particularly pipes, of all types and materials, and then to accept the lowest bid for materials in a water infrastructure project. This forces the selection of materials to be based solely on price.

Consequently, the decisions of utility project managers and design engineers in choosing specific materials for a particular site or function may be overridden. 

We have developed a legislative alert, a template letter and oral talking points to help AWWA Sections, utility managers and other members confront this issue.