News | July 14, 2017

AWWA Supports Action On Water Loan, Regulatory Legislation

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) recently commended members of a U.S. House subcommittee for taking action on legislation to reauthorize the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan program and improve the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Members of the U.S. House Subcommittee on the Environment concluded markup on the "Drinking Water System Improvement Act of 2017” on Thursday morning. The bill will now move to the full Energy and Commerce Committee, the House and the Senate before becoming law.

“The Drinking Water State Revolving Loan program remains an important water finance tool,” said Tracy Mehan, AWWA executive director for government affairs. “Reauthorization of the SRF program is overdue, and drinking water providers are pleased to see a substantial increase in authorized funding.”

AWWA also voiced support for potential improvements to the SDWA. The Association supported language that encourages – but does not mandate -- asset management practices at utilities and does not impose a federal definition of asset management. 

About The American Water Works Association
Established in 1881, the American Water Works Association is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. With approximately 50,000 members, AWWA provides solutions to improve public health, protect the environment, strengthen the economy and enhance our quality of life.

SOURCE: The American Water Works Association