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On June 29, the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee passed the fiscal year 2023 (FY23) Interior & Environment Appropriations Bill. This bill funds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and many of the programs that provide federal funding and financing for water infrastructure investments.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today issued new, more rigorous drinking water health advisories for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Two of these levels are drastically more stringent than previous levels and likely mean hundreds, if not thousands, of drinking water systems nationwide will be affected. The agency also announced up to $5 billion in grant funding to help communities prepare and deal with these contaminants. Here is what water sector utilities need to know.
On March 9, negotiators in the U.S. Congress agreed to a final fiscal year 22 (FY22) Omnibus Appropriations package that will fund the federal government through the remainder of this fiscal year, which ends on September 30, 2022.
On March 8, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new memo outlining its strategy to equitably deliver clean water through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The memo underscores provisions to ensure that disadvantaged communities fully benefit from these historic investments in the water sector.
By Unanimous Consent on March 2, 2022, the U.S. Senate passed the Strengthening American Cybersecurity Act of 2022.
This bill will strengthen the federal government’s networks again cyberattacksand require critical infrastructure owners and operators, such as water utilities, to report cyber incidents.
On January 31, 2022, the White House released a comprehensive guidebook on the funding programs in the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act (IIJA), also known as the bipartisan infrastructure package.
On June 2, 2021, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) made available $166.6 million USD in grants to help low-income ratepayers effected by the COVID-19 pandemic pay their drinking water and wastewater utility bills.
The Water Sector Coordinating Council (WSSC) is urging U.S. water and wastewater utilities to coordinate with state and local health departments to ensure they are included in distribution plans for the COVID-19 vaccine.