With Bustos Wins, Legislation Aims to Make Communities Safer and Healthier through Clean Water
WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) helped deliver billions in funding for water infrastructure after passing a comprehensive Interior-Environment funding bill out of the powerful House Appropriations Committee.
“When I heard from small town mayors during the past year, one of the biggest needs they raised was funding for water infrastructure. I’m proud to say that this bill delivers,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “From support for clean water to helping rural communities access safe drinking water to sewer and stormwater management, this package will help our smallest towns to our biggest cities.”
Congresswoman Bustos secured the following priorities:
- Support for clean water: $13 million in funding for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Water Act Compliance grants, a $1,000,000 increase from last year. This includes funding for a new competitive grant program that would provide small and rural communities with help with improving water quality, public wastewater treatment utilities, and other technical assistance. More than $15 million in additional funding to help rural communities improve water quality and provide safe drinking water.
- Funding for sewer and stormwater municipal grants: $400 million in funding for EPA’s Sewer Overflow and Stormwater Reuse Municipal Control Grant program, which would provide support to states and cities for the planning, design, and construction of water treatment works for sewers and stormwater management. At least 20 percent of these funds would be dedicated to green infrastructure, water and energy efficiency.
Additional investments in the legislation would ensure all Americans have access to clean and safe drinking water, such as:
- $2.76 billion for Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds;
- $189 million for targeted grants for drinking water contaminants and wastewater treatment for lead, nitrates, and other health hazards;
- $90 million for Brownfields cleanups; and
- $12.9 million in additional funding for EPA for scientific and regulatory work on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), needed to establish drinking water and cleanup standards.
The legislation also makes significant investments in protecting and preserving public lands, building resilience to climate change and strengthening America’s environmental workforce.