If New Jersey’s aging network of water pipes and sewers wasn’t buried underground, it might be easier to convince the public that it is in such bad shape it needs repairs and renovations that would cost tens of billions of dollars.
But since it is out of sight and mostly out of mind, advocates for a massive upgrade to the system have been frustrated in their efforts to convince people that sound water infrastructure is essential for the economy, the environment, and public health.
The American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA) are conducting a survey to collect feedback on the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) program.
AWWA’s Water Utility Council initiated the project in collaboration with ASDWA to identify and evaluate challenges utilities face in applying for DWSRF and opportunities to streamline the process. AWWA is encouraging utility employees and representatives, along with state SRF administrators to share their views on these challenges, concerns, and opportunities for the DWSRF program.
U.S. Congressman Brian Mast (R-Fla.) has introduced the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Reauthorization Act of 2017 to extend and double the funding authorization for a critical credit assistance program designed to accelerate investment in our nation’s water infrastructure.
The bipartisan bill—co-sponsored by Representatives Bob Gibbs (OH-7), Sean Maloney (NY-12) and Julia Brownley (CA-26)—extends the authorization for the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) until 2024 and doubles the authorization to $90 million.
ALEXANDRIA, VA, NOV 28, 2017 — The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is strongly urging Congress to continue federal investment in water infrastructure, geographic watershed and state grant programs, water systems security, and water research programs as it finalizes Fiscal Year 2018 spending bills.
The letter to Congress stated that support for these programs is essential to safeguarding public health, protecting the environment, promoting economic growth, and ensuring community resiliency.
The White House and members of Congress have begun crafting President Trump’s long-awaited infrastructure package, according to a top House Republican.
The Trump administration has been trading paper with lawmakers in recent days about ideas for the rebuilding effort, though the process is still in the early stages, Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) told The Hill.