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WateReuse Association Secures Key Wins in House Water Infrastructure Bill, H.R. 1497

Date: October 29, 2019

Today, October 29, 2019, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee unanimously passed H.R. 1497, the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2019, which includes key water reuse-related provisions urged by the WateReuse Association.

The WateReuse Association is pleased to report that H.R. 1497 received broad bipartisan support, including support from the Democratic and Republican leaders of the Committee and the Water Subcommittee.

H.R. 1497 contains a top WateReuse Association policy priority – reauthorization of the Alternative Water Source Grants Pilot Program authorizing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to grant up to $150 million to state, interstate, and intrastate water resource development agencies to engineer, design, construct, and test water reuse projects throughout the country.

In addition to funding for the Alternative Water Source Grants Program, H.R. 1497 includes a host of other important water reuse-related provisions. First and foremost, the bill increases authorized funding for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) to $14 billion over five years. It also expands support for workforce development, including water reuse-related workforce training; includes $110 million to help clean water systems increase resilience through water reuse and other water management approaches; authorizes $1.125 billion over five years for the Sewer Overflow and Stormwater Reuse Grants Program; and sets aside 15 percent of the Clean Water SRF for green infrastructure and efficiency improvements.

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