Savings Action Plan

Savings Action Plan

The passage of the Savings Act is a Historic Landmark for the Water Well Industry! Now we are building on that momentum through “SAVINGS ACTION”!


Originally introduced in the 113th Congress on September 18, 2014, the Water Supply Cost Savings Act (“Savings Act”) was incorporated into the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act legislation. Over the past three years, the Water Systems Council and its members worked to build bipartisan support in both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. On December 16, 2016, President Obama signed (WIIN) into law, which includes provisions of the Water Supply Cost Savings Act.

Read Section 2108. Water Supply Cost Savings of the WIIN Act.

Purpose of this Bill – To reduce federal, state and local costs of providing quality drinking water to millions of Americans residing in rural communities by facilitating greater use of well water systems as an alternative to traditional, centralized, drinking water systems.

The passage of the Savings Act marks the first time wells and well systems have been recognized by the federal government as a cost effective, sustainable way to deliver safe drinking water to rural communities.

The Opportunity

According to the EPA, there are 121,832 systems serving fewer than 500 people, the Savings Act’s target audience.

Additionally there are 1.7 Million Americans living without water in their homes. That equates to 672,000 households who could benefit from federal financing for wells and well systems.

Savings Action Plan

Develop a Drinking Water Technology Clearinghouse for information on the cost-effectiveness of innovative and alternative drinking water delivery systems, including wells and well systems; and disseminate such information to the public, communities, and not-for-profit organizations seeking Federal funding for drinking water delivery systems serving 500 or fewer persons.

Provide education and outreach on the use of individual and community wells through Water System Assessment.

Report to Congress no later than 3 years after the date of enactment of this Act that describes the use of innovative and alternative drinking water delivery systems, cost savings, and the use of drinking water technical assistance programs operated by the EPA Administrator and the Secretary of Agriculture.

Move it Forward

The Securing Required Funding for Water Infrastructure Now Act – SRF WIN Act

S. 2364 – Introduced in the Senate on January 29, 2018 by Sen. Boozman (R-AR), Sen. Booker ( D-NJ), Sen. Inhofe (R-OK) and Sen. Feinstein (D-CA)
HR.4902 – Introduced in the House January 29, 2018 by Rep. Katko (R-NY) and Rep. Blumenauer (D-OR)

The bill combines the best aspects of state revolving funds (SRFs) with the leveraging power of the Water Infrastructure and Innovation Act (WIFIA) to make the process easier and more affordable for states to meet their underserved or unmet water infrastructure needs.

This SRF WIN Act would:

  • Authorize $200 million annually in federal loans over five years to support state revolving fund projects exclusively.
  • Encourage states to bundle their projects by waiving the $100,000 application fee and streamlining the application process to a maximum 180-day turnaround.
  • Simplify the federal approval process by allowing thousands of vetted drinking water and wastewater projects to receive funding, eliminating the need for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to process thousands of additional loan applications.
  • Preserve the successful state revolving funds (SRFs) and the Water Infrastructure and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan program.

WSC will be advocating for the passage of the SRF WIN Act during our Washington, D.C. Spring Fly-In on April 18, 2018.

For more information on the Savings Action Plan, please visit the information page.