Water Advocates

U.S. Capitol storm.jpgAging infrastructure, strict requirements, and continued economic pressures have put unprecedented stress on local governments and agencies that provide essential water services. Elected officials are being called upon to make tough choices that will impact water quality and the viability of our communities for generations to come.

Let’s speak with a loud, united voice for water. The Water Advocates Program helps you to reach out to and connect with elected officials on important water quality issues.


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Ask Your Members to Co-sponsor the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program Establishment Act

Please reach out to your Members of Congress and ask that they co-sponsor the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program Establishment Act (S. 3830/H.R. 8032). The legislation represents an important step toward permanently enshrining low-income water and wastewater ratepayer aid in the federal safety net.

Ask your Members to Support the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Establishment Act

Ask your members to support the WIPPES Act introduced by Rep. Lisa McClain (R-MI) and Rep. Mary Sattler Peltola (R-AK) in the House and by Sen. Angus King (I-ME), Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) in the Senate.

Ask your Members of Congress to support the Wastewater Infrastructure Pollution Prevention and Environmental Safety Act.

Ask your Members for support regarding liability protections under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) for water, wastewater and stormwater systems that diligently adhere to all laws and regulations in the treatment and disposal of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

Urge Congress to Protect Water Utilities from CERCLA and Ensure Polluters Pay

Support Funding for Water Infrastructure in FY25

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