Legislative Activities

awwa positions on key pending legislation

WIFIA Reauthorization Act

AWWA has endorsed H.R. 4492 and S. 2329, legislation to reauthorize the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act through 2024. The bill would double existing funding for critical water infrastructure projects across the country, giving more communities the opportunity to apply for and receive federal financial assistance through low cost loans.

Drinking Water System Improvement Act

AWWA supports many of aims of H.R. 3387, the Drinking Water System Improvement Act, such as reauthorization of the drinking water state revolving loan fund program, utilization of sound risk assessment tools and stronger notification requirements when a chemical spill occurs upstream of a water utility. We look forward to working with Congress to improve other parts of the bill, such as the requirement for two Consumer Confidence Reports a year instead of the current requirement for one. 

Farm Bill

The federal Farm Bill is up for reauthorization in 2018. One title of that bill administers a wide range of conservation programs. AWWA is seeking to strengthen protection of our sources of drinking water by working cooperatively with farmers and ranchers in their water sheds to do that. Rep. Marcia L. Fudge of Ohio has introduced a bill, the Collaborative Water and Soil Enhancement Act of 2018 that takes important steps in that direction.

Also, the Senate Agriculture Committee‌ in early June 11 introduced a bipartisan Farm Bill that recognizes the importance of protecting drinking water sources from nutrient runoff. The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 was introduced by Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich. and includes several key measures advanced by AWWA over the past two years .AWWA applauded the move.

Water Matters! Fly In

Hosted every spring by AWWA’s Water Utility Council, the Fly-In is the focal point for the association’s grassroots lobbying efforts. It serves to not only advance the water community’s legislative goals, but it also further establishes AWWA members and staff as sources of information on water issues in Washington. 

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