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WateReuse Association Applauds Introduction of the Water Reuse and Resiliency Act

Date: July 23, 2021

Today, Senators Alex Padilla (D-CA), Diane Feinstein (D-CA), and Jon Ossoff (D-GA) introduced legislation authorizing federal investments to help communities across the country adopt water reuse as a resource management tool.

The Water Reuse and Resiliency Act authorizes up to $200 million per year over five years ($1 billion total) for the Alternative Water Source Grants Pilot Program, through which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would provide competitive grants to state, interstate, and intrastate water resource development agencies to engineer, design, construct, and test alternative water source systems, including water recycling systems. The program would ensure that communities in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico can access water recycling tools to solve local water challenges.

“The WateReuse Association applauds Senators Padilla, Feinstein, and Ossoff for developing strong legislation to improve our nation’s water recycling infrastructure,” said Patricia Sinicropi, Executive Director of the WateReuse Association. “This legislation provides tools and investments to help communities address complex and evolving challenges through the adoption of water reuse. We look forward to working with Congress to incorporate Alternative Water Source Grants funding into major infrastructure legislation in the coming days and weeks.”

Communities across the country are incorporating water reuse into their water management strategies as a proven method for ensuring a safe, reliable, locally controlled water supply—essential for livable communities with healthy environments, robust economies and a high quality of life. Some important examples of how communities and businesses are increasingly turning to water reuse to stabilize their water management systems and ensure stronger and more resilient supplies include:

  • By 2035, the City of Los Angeles expects to recycle 100% of its water supplies and reduce its reliance on costly imported water from the Colorado River. 
  • Truckee Meadows Water Authority in Reno is planning 13-mile pipeline to provide 1.3 billion gallons of recycled water annually to the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center, home to Tesla, Switch and Google, and ensure 20,000 jobs remain in Nevada.   
  • The Hampton Roads region of Virginia, home to the largest concentration of military and naval installations, plans to recycle 100% of its effluent through an aquifer recovery system to prevent rising sea levels from threatening inundating the entire region.
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