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Congressional Hearings Highlight Water Recycling, Water Infrastructure Funding

Date: February 11, 2019

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives held two water-related hearings: the Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on climate change, and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a hearing on America’s infrastructure. Members of Congress and witnesses addressed water issues at both hearings. During the Natural Resources Committee hearing, Representative Grace Napolitano (D-CA) highlighted the importance of water recycling and reuse, and noted that she will be fighting to significantly increase funding for the Bureau of Reclamation’s Title XVI water recycling program.

During the Transportation and Infrastructure hearing, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti discussed his city’s investment in water recycling, and noted that federal support for reuse and recycling is critical. Both Garcetti and Minnesota’s Governor Tim Walz spoke about the importance of the Clean and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) programs. Another witness, Angela Lee, Director of Charlotte Water in North Carolina, urged Congress to increase funding for the SRF programs as well as for the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act program.

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