House approves $2 billion for water and wastewater
December 24, 2009
The US House of Representatives has passed a bill which includes $1 billion each for wastewater and drinking-water projects
, funded through the State Revolving Fund mechanism (by which states offer low- or no-interest loans to individual communities for infrastructure improvements, the returns from which are reinvested in the fund for future lending). The total package includes $48.3 billion for highways and transportation infrastructure
, which may signal how much (or how little) the voting public values clean water. The Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies has expressed disappointment that the funds will probably go disproportionately to small communities
, but given the relatively sparse populations of Iowa and Nebraska
, our portion of the country may benefit disproportionately.
last revised December 2009