“The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) commends the House Problem Solvers Caucus Infrastructure Working Group for their bipartisan proposal to improve our nation’s infrastructure. We thank co-chairs Congressman John Katko and Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty for leading this effort, and offering us an opportunity over the past few months to discuss NACWA’s priorities, many of which have been included in the plan.
“NACWA supports the plan’s solutions for our country’s water and wastewater infrastructure including increased support for Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRF), a 50-state review by GAO of state CWSRF requirements and an examination of the affordability strain on ratepayers along with other key aspects.
“Our country’s water and wastewater infrastructure has been neglected at the federal level for decades. As municipalities grapple with funding the repair and maintenance of aging infrastructure, ratepayers face affordability concerns across all states, in communities both large and small.
“Now is the time to act and we praise the House Problem Solvers Caucus for the leadership they’ve shown in putting forth a bi-partisan proposal for addressing these critical issues. NACWA and its members—which include 1,100+ publicly-owned treatment facilities and clean water utilities--stand ready to work with Congress and the Administration and urge the prioritization of water as a central piece of the infrastructure package.”
For nearly 50 years, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) has been the nation’s recognized leader in legislative, regulatory and legal advocacy on the full spectrum of clean water issues. NACWA represents public wastewater and stormwater agencies of all sizes nationwide. Our unique and growing network strengthens the advocacy voice for all member utilities, and ensures they have the tools necessary to provide affordable and sustainable clean water for all. Our vision is to represent every utility as a NACWA member, helping to build a strong and sustainable clean water future. For more information, visit www.nacwa.org.
SOURCE: The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA)