Date: May 06, 2021
By Jon Freedman The World Economic Forum recently released its Global Risks Report for 2021, and climate-related matters ranked high...
Date: May 04, 2017
The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly on May 4 – 79 to 18 – to pass an omnibus appropriations bill, which funds the government through the end of fiscal year 2017. The House of Representatives approved the measure May 3 by a wide bipartisan majority, 309 – 118. The measure now heads to the President, who is expected to sign it.
This year’s appropriations contain some significant wins for WateReuse members.
Funding for Title XVI, the only federal program dedicated specifically to water reuse projects, increased from $23 million to $34.4 million, including a minimum of $10 million for new projects. Thanks to WateReuse advocacy efforts, the 2016 Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act modernized Title XVI into a merit-based competitive grant program, which will ensure the best projects receive funding.
WIFIA received an additional $10 million for a total of $30 million this fiscal year. The program provides tax-free municipal bonds and low-interest loans for up to 49% of the cost of construction for water, wastewater, stormwater and water reuse projects. In December 2016, Congress appropriated the first $20 million following an intense lobbying effort by WateReuse and our members, marking the first funding for this program originally passed in 2014.
Funding for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund was maintained at $1.39 billion and $863 million respectively. The funds are state-federal partnerships that provide low-interest loans to improve clean water and drinking water treatment respectively.
Date: April 29, 2021
Today, the United States Senate voted to adopt S. 914, the Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act of 2021, which...
Date: April 28, 2021
On Thursday, April 29, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and WateReuse Association will host a free webinar to celebrate...
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