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. For 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.
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.
According to the EPA, there are 27,500 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.
Currently WSC is building a new Decentralized Drinking Water Systems Learning Module that will be hosted on EPA’s Water Finance Clearinghouse website.
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:
The US Senate is poised to take up the SRF WIN Act, now in WRDA ‘18, when Congress returns from the Summer Recess. WSC has worked with Sen. Boozman, Sen Booker, and other rural water infrastructure advocates to advocate for prompt consideration and passage of the SRF WIN Act. Following Senate passage WSC will be working with House Champions of the SRF WIN Act to ensure it is in the final WRDA ‘18 Bill sent to the President.
For more information on the Savings Action Plan, please visit the information page.