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Become an Original Cosponsor of the Water Affordability, Transparency, Equity, and Reliability (WATER) Act of 2018

Deadline: COB Tuesday, April 17th

Current Original Cosponsors: Ellison*, Khanna*, Cartwright, Capuano, Huffman, Wasserman Schultz, Norton, Moore, Pocan, Brown, Bustos, Velázquez, Lawrence, Barragán, McGovern, Meng, Huffman, Gabbard, Johnson, Schakowsky, Kildee, Welch, Carbajal

Endorsing organizations: Food & Water Watch, American Federation of Teachers (AFT), International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW), ACRE, Corporate Campaign, Inc., Earthjustice, Greenpeace,
Hip Hop Caucus, In the Public Interest, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, Lady Freethinker, National Nurses United, Office of Peace, Justice, and Ecological Integrity, Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, People Demanding Action, People’s Action,
PolicyLink, Public Citizen, Rural Coalition, Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice, The Story of Stuff Project, National Latino Farmers & Ranchers Trade Association

Dear Colleague –

Our water infrastructure is in a state of emergency. People in Flint, Michigan, still do not have access to safe drinking water. They are not alone. Families in communities across the country, from Detroit to Philadelphia to San Diego, have lost running
water or access to safe drinking water in their homes because they can not afford the increasing costs of water rates. We need a major federal investment in our public water infrastructure to renovate our nation’s old and lead-ridden water pipes, stop sewage
overflows and stem our water affordability crisis.

The Water Affordability, Transparency, Equity and Reliability (WATER) Act of 2018 will deliver water justice to millions of people in the United Sates who lack access to clean and safe drinking water, and create up to nearly a million of jobs to support
our communities. This legislation will create a WATER Trust Fund, and dedicate $35 billion each year to grant programs and to Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Loan (SRF) programs.

In order to assure that our country commits to fully funding our water and wastewater infrastructure, I urge you to add your name as an original cosponsor of the WATER Act of 2018.

This legislation would provide dedicated annual federal support to:

  • Fully fund the Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Funds;
  • Provide additional technical assistance to rural and small municipalities and Native American governments;
  • Increase funding to construct, repair and service household drinking water wells;
  • Create a new grant program for the repair, replacement or upgrading of household septic tanks and drainage fields;
  • Increase funding to Native American governments for water infrastructure;
  • Require EPA to coordinate a study about water affordability, discrimination by water and sewer providers, public participation in water regionalization efforts, and water shutoffs;
  • Restrict Drinking Water SRF funding to publicly or locally owned systems;
  • Provide funding for public schools to test and replace drinking water infrastructure; and
  • Provide grants to replace lead service lines serving households.

This investment will also create tens of thousands of jobs across the United States. According to the Clean Water Council, every $1 billion spent on water infrastructure creates tens of thousands of jobs across the economy.

This bill is being reintroduced from 2017. Changes made include:

  • The WATER Act of 2018 would roll back a small portion of the Trump administration’s corporate tax cuts and increase the corporate income tax rate by 3.5 percentage points. This increase will dedicate without further appropriations no more than $35 billion
    of the revenues produced by the increase to the WATER Trust Fund.

Please join me in providing a permanent fix to the crisis facing our nation’s water and wastewater infrastructure, and cosponsor the Water Affordability, Transparency, Equity, and Reliability (WATER) Act of 2018.

For any questions and to cosponsor please contact Mahyar Sorour in my office at or 202-225-4755.


Keith Ellison

Member of Congress

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