Thursday, July 27, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Energy and Commerce Committee approved H.R. 3387, the Drinking Water System Improvement Act, authored by Congressman Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) H.R. 3387 seeks to bring greater investment in the country’s aging drinking water infrastructure as well as facilitate compliance by our drinking water delivery systems.

H.R. 3387, would;

  • Authorize $8 billion over 5 years for the drinking water revolving loan fund program,
  • Open the eligible uses of the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to now cover costs associated with preconstruction activities and replacing or rehabilitating aging treatment, storage, or distribution facilities.
  • Create a strategic plan to have an electronic system that allows water utilities to send their compliance data to states, and states then send the data to EPA.
  • Reauthorize funding for voluntary source water protection programs.
  • Encourage more readable and understandable consumer confidence reports and solidifies their electronic distribution.
  • For more information on the bill, click here.

“Safe drinking water for our constituents is a goal we can all agree should be a priority for Congress,” commented Rep. Harper. “The Drinking Water System Improvement Act builds on the work of previous Congresses to make the Safe Drinking Water Act better for our constituents. I look forward to continuing our work on these issues.”

Drinking water is delivered across the country via one million miles of pipes owned by both private and public water systems. Many of these pipes were laid in the early to mid-20th century with a lifespan of 75 to 100 years. While drinking water quality remains high across the country, improvements can be made.