House Subcommittee Advances Drinking Water Reauthorization Legislation

The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment advanced legislation that seeks to bring greater investment in the country’s aging drinking water infrastructure as well as facilitate compliance for our drinking water delivery systems. The Drinking Water System Improvement Act of 2017 would authorize $8 billion over five years for the drinking water state revolving loan fund (SRF), as well as expand the eligible uses of program funds. The legislation also seeks to modernize the compliance system for water utilities and reauthorize funding for drinking water source protection programs. The legislation passed the subcommittee by voice vote, indicating its lack of controversy and bipartisan support.
Unfortunately, the measure also contains a provision that would include the American Iron and Steel provisions (that have been added to the program each year in the past) for the five-year life of the legislation. These measures require that for certain iron and steel products, all processes (including melting and pouring of the steel) must take place in the U.S.
AGC will continue to advocate for water and wastewater infrastructure, and will monitor this legislation as it advances through the process.
For more information, contact Scott Berry at berrys@agc.org or (703) 837-5321.


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