Water infrastructure legislation set to fund projects nationwide
The House and Senate have approved a comprehensive water resources infrastructure bill, the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act. If signed by the president, the legislation will authorize $170 million to help Flint, Mich., officials continue to address the city’s contaminated water supply. Nearly $12 billion will be authorized for ports, dams and waterways projects.
The water infrastructure legislation includes $300 million for small and disadvantaged communities to meet Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act mandates; $515 million in new funding for water recycling, water resource and water storage projects; $50 million in new funding to advance water infrastructure research in the use of innovation water technologies; $300 million to replace lead drinking water infrastructure in communities and schools; $100 million for drinking water infrastructure emergencies identified by the president; improvement of the existing Water Infrastructure Financing and Innovation Act; reauthorization of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative providing $1.5 billion for clean water infrastructure and habitat improvement projects; and reauthorization of the Water Desalination Act of 1996.