Sending Office: Honorable Earl Blumenauer
Supported by: American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), American Public Works Association (APWA), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Associated General Contractors (AGC), Clean Water Construction Coalition, International
Union of Operating, Engineers (IUOE), Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA), National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), National Rural Water Association (NRWA), United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters (The United), and the
Western Recycled Water Coalition
Please join me as a cosponsor of H.R. 2705, the Water Infrastructure Trust Fund Act of 2019. H.R. 2705 provides a small, deficit-neutral source of revenue to help states replace, repair, and rehabilitate critical clean and drinking water
facilities. Half of the trust fund revenue will be distributed to local governments as grants and loans through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) for wastewater treatment construction, while the other half will be distributed through the Drinking
Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) to finance projects to meet federal drinking water standards. The Water Infrastructure Trust Fund will be capitalized by a voluntary labeling and fee system, to which businesses that rely on a clean water source can opt-in.
Participating businesses would include a small label on their products indicating their commitment to protecting America’s clean water, contributing $0.03 to the trust fund per labelled unit. Businesses and products that could take advantage of the labeling
system include: water-based beverages, products disposed of in wastewater, and pharmaceuticals.
America’s water systems are in crisis. The American Society of Civil Engineers 2017 report card graded our wastewater infrastructure a D+ and drinking water received a D. While our clean water needs are estimated to be nearly $14 billion per year for the
next 20 years, funding has averaged less than $1.5 billion annually since 2011. Drinking water infrastructure is worse shape—the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that we need to invest over $23 billion annually for the next 20 years to ensure
the provision of safe drinking water, while Congress typically appropriates less than $1 billion a year. Though most of our water and wastewater systems are 75-100 years old, these growing challenges are not due to age alone: federal investment has fallen
more than 85% since 1977.
Our failure to maintain and improve our water infrastructure doesn’t only result in a poor grade on paper, it has real and dangerous outcomes, like the ongoing lead crisis in Flint, MI or lead-tainted water in Portland Public Schools. Water infrastructure-related
problems are not confined to attention-grabbing headlines. Last year alone, American communities suffered more than 250,000 water main breaks and saw overflowing combined sewer systems. These problems will only increase with inadequate and inconsistent funding.
It is time to establish a dedicated trust fund.
To sign on as a cosponsor, contact Jon Bosworth (Jon.Bosworth@mail.house.gov) in my office.
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