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House Advances Six Appropriation Bills, Including Water Reuse Funding

Date: July 22, 2022

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a six-bill appropriations package that includes more than $60 million for water recycling and another nearly $20 million for desalination projects in FY 2023. WateReuse lead the way in advocating for this funding, which includes $20 million for the Title XVI-WIIN Water Reuse Grants Program and $10 million in first-time funding for the Pilot Program for Alternative Water Source Grants. WateReuse worked with Congress to authorize the Alternative Water Source Grants Program in last year’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 (IIJA); if funding is enacted, it would become the first nationwide program dedicated to advancing water reuse.

WateReuse has also been working closely with Senate champions to secure robust funding levels for both Title XVI-WIIN and the Alternative Water Source Grants Pilot Program.

 We expect the Senate Appropriations Committee to release its versions of the appropriations bills prior to the August recess despite not having agreed upon top-line spending caps. If you can call or email your Senators over the next week before they finalize their appropriations bills, please reach out to Policy Director Greg Fogel. Your outreach is critical to ensuring that Congress understands the importance of investing in water recycling across the country.

Visit our recent newsletters for more information on the funding levels and report language included in the House FY 2023 appropriations package.

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