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EPA Administrator Urges More Water Reuse in FY23 Budget Hearing

Date: April 11, 2022

USEPA Administrator Michael Regan

In a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing last week, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Administrator Michael Regan testified to the importance of the President’s Fiscal year (FY) 2023 budget noting that investing in the US EPA is an investment in the health and wellness of the nation. In response to a question by Senator Mark Kelly (D-AZ), Regan made a call for more water recycling and efficiency to improve the quality of water.

EPA’s proposed FY23 budget included full and first-time funding for the Alternative Water Source Grants Pilot Program, the only nationwide water recycling grant program. The WateReuse Association held multiple meetings urging the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the USEPA to fund the program and successfully led the push to reauthorize the program at $25 million per year in the recently enacted Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 (IIJA).

WateReuse’s advocacy also helped ensure first-time funding for new Resiliency and Sustainability programs for Clean Water and Midsize and Large Drinking Water Infrastructure, and robust requests for other programs that support water recycling: the Small Drinking Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Sustainability Program, the Sewer Overflow and Stormwater Reuse Grants Program, and more.

WateReuse expects to see proposed spending bills later this spring, and will work closely with congressional champions, appropriators, and WateReuse members to ensure for the Alternative Water Source Grants Pilot Program is included. Any funding that is appropriated for FY23 through the normal appropriations process will come on top of and in addition to funding provided by the IIJA. Stay tuned for more information about how you can engage in the coming days and weeks!

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