US Senate panel OKs Water Investment Act
The US Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee has approved the new Water Investment Act, which proposes billions of dollars in funding, in various ways, for safe drinking water projects, wastewater facility improvements, and aid to small communities in the US.
According to WaterTechOnline, the bill authorises US$20 billion for clean water projects, such as wastewater treatment plants, and US$15 billion for safe drinking water projects such as drinking water supply systems. A further US$1 billion a year for five years is also authorised under the bill to help small communities meet the new federal arsenic limit in drinking water.
In February last year, industry, local government and the Environmental Protection Agency published a joint statement calling for as much as US$1 trillion in federal aid for repairing 50-year-old water and sewer pipes across the country (see related story).
The bill also:
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