The U.S. Senate approved its drinking water and wastewater infrastructure bill, S. 914 , by 89-2 on Thursday. The Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act of 2021 would reauthorize the state revolving loan funds for both water sectors and reauthorize the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act program (WIFIA). More specifically, it would double authorized funding for the drinking water SRF and slightly increase SRF funding for wastewater projects, thus providing both with equal amounts of funding (see April 2 Insider). AWWA members have been advocating for increased investment in water infrastructure during the Association’s Water Matters! Fly-In, which began April 19 and concludes tomorrow. In virtual meetings, AWWA delegates asked Congress to reauthorize the drinking water SRF and WIFIA for an additional five years and requested that the SRF authorization double to $2.4 billion or more and increase WIFIA funding beyond the current level of $50 million to $60 million. The Senate bill would also mandate that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) conduct a study of water systems with a disproportionate number of low-income customers and issue a report to Congress with recommendations for helping them. Then, within 90 days, the agency would have to set up a pilot grant program involving 40 water utilities to try out customer assistance efforts. The bill now goes to the House of Representatives. However, the House has two bills of its own that deal on drinking water infrastructure and one dealing with wastewater infrastructure. All those bills would provide much more funding for water infrastructure. Therefore, it is likely that a House-Senate conference will need to be convened – after the House passes its bills – to iron out a single water infrastructure bill. AWWA will keep members informed on developments. Questions can be directed to Tommy Holmes , AWWA’s legislative director.