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Urgent Action Needed: Contact Your Member of Congress to Urge $10 Million for Alternative Water Source Grants!

Date: October 06, 2022

Congress only has until December 16 to decide the final funding levels for critical water recycling programs in FY 2023. Congressional appropriators will determine whether the Pilot Program for Alternative Water Source Grants – a top WateReuse Association priority – will launch in its first year with $5 million, as proposed by the U.S. Senate, or $10 million, as proposed by the U.S. House of Representatives.

Please Take Action Today! Contact your Members of Congress and urge them to support the House number of $10 million for the Alternative Water Source Grants Pilot Program in FY 2023.

How You Can Help 

  • Call the Capitol switchboard today at (202) 224-3121 to reach the office of your representative or senator.
  • Ask for the staffer who handles water issues and tell them that you are calling about FY 2023 appropriations. Leaving a message is fine!
  • Our simple message: “Congress should include at least $10 million, as provided by the House of Representatives, for the Pilot Program for Alternative Water Source Grants (33 U.S.C. 1300) in FY 2023 appropriations legislation.”
  • If you prefer to write, you can use this template to share your story.
  • If you need help with addressing your letter, or would like to prepare before a phone call, contact Greg Fogel at gfogel@watereuse.org or 805-570-3038.

Background: The Alternative Water Source Grants Pilot Program

Congress is making final decisions and preparing to pass an appropriations package. We need your help now to ensure that the Alternative Water Source Grants Pilot Program begins its first year with the highest possible funding level of $10 million. If funded, the program will become the first nationwide program dedicated to advancing water recycling. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) will share in 50 percent of costs for water resource development agencies to engineer, design, construct, and test water recycling systems.

The WateReuse Association worked successfully with the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. EPA to include full funding for the program in the President’s fiscal year 2023 budget request. Now it’s critical we urge our representatives and senators to fund it in final appropriations legislation for the year.

Thank you!

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