Local governments are responsible for supplying a safe, reliable and locally controlled water supply. Water and wastewater services—as well as the pumps, pipes and treatment facilities that support these services—are funded with fees paid by utility customers.
However, the cost of maintenance and operations, development of non-traditional water supplies, new capital improvement projects to meet growing demand as well as compliance with state and federal regulatory requirements, can easily exceed the potential revenue from rate payers.
Congress and the Administration can establish a national imperative for safe, reliable and locally controlled water supplies and align laws, regulation and funding to help states and local governments achieve that goal.
National Advocacy Program
The WateReuse Association engages members and leverages relationships with other stakeholders to build support for laws, policy, and funding to increase water reuse. Our National Legislative and Regulatory Policy Committee established the following federal priority areas:
Smart Water Technology Integration Grants Program
Establish a smart water technology integration grants program
To learn about our ongoing education and advocacy in Washington, DC to support these priorities, visit Advocacy in Action.
Policy Principles and Positions
The WateReuse Association’s advocacy program is built on foundation of policy principles and positions that advance safe and sustainable water supplies and promote the adoption of water recycling as a key component of water resource management.
Adopted policy principles include:
- Alternative Sources of Water Supply and Onsite Non-potable Water Systems: The policy principles recognize the role of onsite decentralized water recycling systems in a community’s overall water management program, as well as the emerging role that stormwater capture and reuse can play in a community’s overall water recycling program.
- Per- and Poly-fluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS): The policy principles urge appropriate action now to address the presence of PFAS contaminants that exist at concentrations that create a risk to public welfare and the environment.
Adopted policy positions include:
Get quick summaries of policy positions to advance water reuse (published 9/12/2023):