US House approves water infrastructure funding measures
Washington, D.C., March 9, 2007 -- Today the US House of Representatives passed the Water Quality Financing Act of 2007 (HR 720) by a strong 303-108 vote. The bill would authorize the EPA's Clean Water State Revolving Fund to the tune of $14 billion for the next four years. A fifth year of funding ($6 billion) was dropped prior to floor consideration in order to facilitate the bill's passage.
Earlier this week the House also passed
the Water Quality Investment Act of 2007 (HR 569) by a vote of 367-58.
The legislation would authorize $1.7 billion in federal appropriations
to municipalities and states for grants to control combined sewer
overflows (CSOs) and sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs). Finally, the
Healthy Communities Water Supply Act (HR 700) was approved. The bill
would allow for $125 million federal funding of projects designed to
investigate alternative water sources.
The National Association of Clean Water
Agencies (NACWA) applauded the U.S. House for moving swiftly and
decisively to provide municipalities with more funding for clean water
NACWA also applauded H.R. 720's provision calling on GAO to prepare a study on revenue sources for a clean water trust fund by Jan. 1, 2008.