U.S. House Passes Bustos’ Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Local Water Infrastructure

Peoria Applauds Bustos’ Work on Behalf of Community, Plans to Leverage Program to Create Jobs

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, applauded House passage of the bipartisan Water Infrastructure Improvement Act she helped introduce. This legislation formalizes the process for communities to create integrated plans for water infrastructure improvements. Additionally, her legislation encourages green infrastructure development, paving the way for cities like Peoria to address combined sewer overflow through investments in modern, environmentally-sound infrastructure.

“With an aging water infrastructure, it is more important than ever to make the necessary investments in the long-term health and well-being of our communities,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “By making commonsense changes to how we modernize and invest in our water infrastructure, we can set up communities to succeed for the future. I’m glad that innovative cities such as Peoria will be able to leverage this program to revitalize our community to generate good-paying, green jobs.”

“The City of Peoria is delighted that the House of Representatives passed the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act today, and we thank our Congresswoman, Cheri Bustos, for her leadership on this legislation,” said Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis. “Peoria has made green infrastructure the cornerstone of its program to reduce combined sewer overflows, revitalize City neighborhoods, and generate local green jobs. Notably, Peoria will be the first city to employ a 100% green infrastructure solution to combined sewer overflows. This bill will promote the use of green infrastructure in all EPA permitting and enforcement activities, and would require agency coordination with local governments. We appreciate that Congresswoman Bustos understands these priorities.”

After passing the House, the legislation now heads to the U.S. Senate.