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Government Affairs

 

WSC is fully committed to keeping you up-to-date on developments that may impact you and your business. This dedicated page will be updated with new information as it becomes available.
 
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EPA Issues Memo on Allocation of Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Funds

March 8, 2022

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a memorandum to guide collaborative implementation with state, local, and Tribal partners of $43 billion in water infrastructure funding through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL).
 
The BIL is the single largest investment in water the federal government has ever made. EPA’s memo is a key implementation step that outlines requirements and recommendations for the Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Funds (SRFs) to ensure the country is working together to deliver clean and safe water and replace lead pipes for all Americans, especially disadvantaged communities.
 
The majority of water infrastructure funding through the BIL—$43 billion—will flow through the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRFs). EPA’s implementation memo provides information and guidelines on how EPA will award and administer supplemental SRF Capitalization Grants through the law, including for the general drinking water and clean water SRF programs and funding that will be dedicated to removing lead service lines and addressing perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and other emerging contaminants.
 
EPA’s implementation memo highlights the flexibility provided to states and borrowers to address a wide variety of local water quality and public health challenges. SRF funding through the BIL can be used in combination with additional funding sources to finance water infrastructure projects that meet the most pressing local needs. The memo also underscores provisions included in the BIL to ensure that disadvantaged communities fully benefit from these historic investments in the water sector. Additionally, the memo specifies strategies for making rapid progress on lead service line replacement and addressing PFAS and other emerging contaminants. Read the Fact Sheet.

 


 

EPA Outlines Infrastructure Plans

December 6, 2021

EPA Administrator Michael Regan sent a letter to all state governors outlining how the EPA plans to utilize the $55B investment in water infrastructure that was recently created by the $1.2T Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act. Note that a big priority aligns with WSC’s goals in serving disadvantaged communities. Read the letter.

 


 

Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

November 15, 2021

President Biden has signed into law the bipartisan $1.2T Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. This landmark infrastructure funding legislation includes $55B in new guaranteed funding for water and wastewater infrastructure plus $8B for Western water infrastructure. This is in addition to the $15B already funded, resulting in a historic level of funding for water infrastructure.

Here are the highlights of the water-related funding priorities:

Water

  • $11.7 billion over five years – Drinking Water SRF. This would follow the below allocations per year:
    • $2.4 billion in fiscal year 2022
    • $2.7 billion in fiscal year 2023
    • $3.0 billion in fiscal year 2024
    • $3.2 billion in fiscal year 2025
    • $3.2 billion in fiscal year 2026
  • $4 billion – Drinking Water SRF for emerging contaminants, including per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
  • $15 billion – Drinking Water SRF for lead in drinking water.
  • $125 million over five years – Alternative Source Water Pilot Program.

Wastewater

  • $11.7 billion over five years – Clean Water SRF. This follows the same allocation formula as drinking water as seen above.
    • $2.4 billion in fiscal year 2022
    • $2.7 billion in fiscal year 2023
    • $3.0 billion in fiscal year 2024
    • $3.2 billion in fiscal year 2025
    • $3.2 billion in fiscal year 2026
  • $1 billion – Clean Water SRF for emerging contaminants, including per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
  • $100 million over five years – Wastewater Energy Efficiency Grant Pilot Program.
  • $125 million over five years – Clean Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Sustainability Grant Program.

Storm Water

  • $1.4 billion over five years -EPA Sewer Overflow & Stormwater Reuse Municipal Grant Program of which, no less than 25% will go to rural and financially disadvantaged communities.
  • Reauthorizing the Sewer Overflow and Stormwater Reuse Grants program at increased funding levels.
  • $25 million – Stormwater Infrastructure Technology Program to create five Stormwater Centers of Excellence.
  • $50 million for stormwater infrastructure planning/development and implementation grants.

Programs Across Sectors

  • $250 million over five years – Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA).
  • $25 million over five years – The Water Infrastructure and Workforce Investment Grant Program.
  • $200 million over five years – Publicly Owned Treatment Works Grant Program, which connects homes to POTWs.
  • $25 million per year to improve access to running water in Tribal nations and disadvantaged communities.
  • Small Publicly Owned Treatment Works Efficiency Grant Program to be established with funding levels to be determined.
  • The Rural and Low-Income Water Assistance Pilot Program will establish a new U.S. EPA program to provide 40 grants per year to utilities to assist low-income ratepayers.

Western Water Infrastructure

  • $8 billion over five years – Ongoing drought conditions in the western half of the country will be addressed through investments in water treatment, storage, and reuse facilities.

This historic funding bill was supported by 19 Republican Senators including Senator McConnell. The bill also enjoyed the strong support of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, the American Farm Bureau, and the Water Systems Council.

 


 

American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

March 11, 2021

President Biden has signed into law the historic American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, a $1.9 trillion bill that includes significant resources to fund important drinking water projects, including:

  • $350 billion for states and local governments, which will allow those entities to implement water, wastewater, and broadband projects as an eligible use of these funds.
  • $500 million for the Low-Income Household Drinking Water and Wastewater Emergency Assistance Program to support critical water and sewer investments.

In addition, the ARPA provides the following assistance for small business:

  • $7.25 billion in additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which provides forgivable loans to small businesses. The application deadline is March 31, 2021.
  • $15 billion for targeted Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) advance payments. Provides funds to businesses located in low-income communities that have no more than 300 employees and that have suffered an economic loss of more than 30%.
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