Nov 16, 2015

APWA Encourages Congress to Invest in Water Infrastructure

Recently, APWA and six key water associations including NACWA, AWWA, NAWC, WateReuse, WEF and AMWA,  sent letters to House and Senate Appropriations Committees in support of funding for clean and safe water infrastructure.

The associations’ letters requested $1.45 billion for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF), $1.186 billion for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF), and $25 million for the Water Infrastructure Financing and Innovation Act (WIFIA) Program in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) FY16 funding package. Also requested was $50 million in additional funds for water reuse and conservation projects in the Bureau of Reclamation’s FY2016 budget. APWA advocates that drastic cuts to these programs during a time when drinking water and wastewater agencies face increased regulatory and enforcement pressures, and unprecedented drought conditions in one third of the country, will exacerbate the massive water infrastructure investment challenge our nation faces.

APWA and these key water associations are reinforcing the critical need for Congress to hold firm on water infrastructure funding and to do everything possible to enlarge the funding pie.