Date: July 30, 2020
The WateReuse community mourns the loss of Dr. Bahman Sheikh who passed away on July 28, 2020 at his home...
Date: July 02, 2020
On Wednesday, July 1, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Moving Forward Act (H.R. 2), which authorizes more than $1.5 trillion in infrastructure spending and includes key water reuse-related provisions urged by the WateReuse Association. The House Transportation and Infrastructure committee held a virtual markup before general floor debate where the full House voted 233- 188 to pass the bill. Three Republicans—Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ), and Chris Smith (R-NJ)—joined Democrats in supporting the package, while two Democrats—Collin Peterson (D-MN) and Ben McAdams (D-UT)—voted in opposition alongside most Republican members.
Before passing H.R. 2, the House adopted two amendments to support the evolution and adoption of water recycling across the country. The first amendment, championed by Congressman Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), directs the Administration to establish an Interagency Working Group on Water Reuse. This language is identical to Senate language included in America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2020, which the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee passed in May. WateReuse worked closely with the Senate Committee and with Congressman Lowenthal to advance this provision. In addition to the Lowenthal amendment, the House adopted an amendment offered by Representatives Harley Rouda (D-CA), Jared Huffman (D-CA) and John Katko (R-NY) to authorize the appropriation of up to $500 million for a new grant program aimed at helping local agencies integrate smart water and digital information technologies into their operations.
H.R. 2 contains several top WateReuse Association policy priorities, including reauthorization of both the Alternative Water Source Grants Pilot Program at up to $600 million until expended and the Bureau of Reclamation’s Title XVI-WIIN Water Reclamation and Reuse Program at $500 million through 2025.
In addition to reauthorizing the Alternative Water Source Grants Program, Title XVI-WIIN, and the Desalination and Water Purification Program, H.R. 2 includes a host of other important water reuse-related provisions. The bill:
The updated text of H.R. 2 will be available here in the coming days.
Date: July 21, 2020
The U.S. EPA re-committed to prioritizing water reuse and recycling projects in the fourth round of Water Infrastructure Finance and...
Date: July 20, 2020
On Monday, July 13, the House Appropriations Committee debated and passed the Energy and Water Appropriations bill, and in doing...
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