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URGENT: Safe Drinking Water SRF Bill Markup

Monday, July 17, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Please see below for a message from Bob Briant, Jr., chairman of the Clean Water Construction Coalition.

Last Friday, in a victory for the clean water construction community, the Subcommittee on Environment of the House Energy and Commerce Committee marked up an unnumbered discussion draft bill entitled “the Drinking Water System Improvement Act,” which gives a much needed budget boost to our beleaguered SRFs.

Of greatest interest to CWCC, the bill would reauthorize $8 billion in Safe Drinking Water SRF capitalization grants for FY 2018 through FY 2022. Specifically, it proposes $1.2 billion in FY 2018, $1.4 billion in FY 2019, $1.6 billion in FY 2020, $1.8 billion in FY 2021, and $2 billion in FY 2022. The current Safe Drinking Water SRF program is funded at approximately $980 million. Additional key sections are noted below.

  • Section 6. State Revolving Loan Funds
    • Section 6 adds or amends four conditions on the use of DWSRF funding. First, it allows the use of those funds for siting, associated preconstruction activities, and replacing or rehabilitating aging treatment, storage, or distribution facilities of public water systems. Next, it extends the application of the American iron and steel requirements in section 1452(a)(4) to DWSRF funds for the life of the funding authorization in the bill. Third, it requires public water systems serving more than 10,000 persons to certify to their State that they have considered the costs and effectiveness of the relevant processes, materials, techniques, and technologies used in the project or activity supported with DWSRF funds. Finally, it increases the amount of loan subsidies available for disadvantaged communities to 35 percent and extends the repayment schedule for DWSRF loans for disadvantaged communities from 30 years to 40 years.
  • Section 7. Other Authorized Activities
    • Section 7 amends section 1452(k)(2) of the SDWA to allow States to use a portion of their DWSRF allocation to delineate, assess, and update their source water protection plans. The section also prohibits the use of those funds for Clean Water Act compliance.
  • Section 8. DWSRF Authorization
    • Section 8 amends section 1452(m) of the SDWA to reauthorize $8 billion in capitalization grants for FY 2018 through FY 2022. Specifically, it proposes $1.2 billion in FY 2018, $1.4 billion in FY 2019, $1.6 billion in FY 2020, $1.8 billion in FY 2021, and $2 billion in FY 2022.

The Coalition will keep you updated on the proposed bill as it progresses. Please follow this link for background on the legislation.


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