Legislative Activities

AWWA positions on key pending legislation

WIFIA Reauthorization Act

AWWA has endorsed H.R. 4492 and S. 2329, legislation to reauthorize the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act through 2024. The bill would double existing funding for critical water infrastructure projects across the country, giving more communities the opportunity to apply for and receive federal financial assistance through low cost loans.

Drinking Water System Improvement Act

AWWA supports many of aims of H.R. 3387, the Drinking Water System Improvement Act, such as reauthorization of the drinking water state revolving loan fund program, utilization of sound risk assessment tools and stronger notification requirements when a chemical spill occurs upstream of a water utility. We look forward to working with Congress to improve other parts of the bill, such as the requirement for two Consumer Confidence Reports a year instead of the current requirement for one. 

Farm Bill

The federal Farm Bill is up for reauthorization in 2018. One title of that bill administers a wide range of conservation programs. AWWA is seeking to strengthen protection of our sources of drinking water by working cooperatively with farmers and ranchers in their water sheds to do that. Rep. Marcia L. Fudge of Ohio has introduced a bill, the Collaborative Water and Soil Enhancement Act of 2018 that takes important steps in that direction.

Also, the Senate Agriculture Committee‌ in early June 11 introduced a bipartisan Farm Bill that recognizes the importance of protecting drinking water sources from nutrient runoff. The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 was introduced by Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich. and includes several key measures advanced by AWWA over the past two years. AWWA applauded the move.

Water Matters! Fly-In

The 2019 edition of the AWWA Water Matters! Fly-In will be March 27-28, with the Marriott Metro Center in downtown Washington, D.C., serving as headquarters. AWWA’s Government Affairs Office will send a notice out to Section leaders this fall when registration opens. Section leaders coordinate and name Fly-In delegates. We pay travel expenses for one delegate for every 10 members of the U.S. House of Representatives that a state has, with every state getting at least one reimbursed delegate. Sections are free to send additional delegates at their own, their employer’s or the Section’s expense.

In 2018, a record 160 water utility leaders from 48 states converged on Capitol Hill Wednesday to advocate for water infrastructure investment and source water protection during the Fly-In.

Hosted by AWWA’s Water Utility Council, the Fly-In is the focal point for the association’s grassroots lobbying efforts. It serves to not only advance the water community’s legislative goals, but it also further establishes AWWA members and staff as sources of information on water issues in Washington.

Fly In Questions?

Email us at Flyininfo@awwa.org

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Issues for 2018

1) Reinvestment in water infrastructure

a. Fully authorized funding and re-authorization of the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act program
b. Doubling of funding for the state revolving loan fund programs

2) Conservation title of the 2018 Farm Bill

a. Support a strengthening of conservation programs that protect our sources of water, such as the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, which encourages cooperative efforts among water utilities and agricultural producers

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