The president recently signed into law a bill that includes items of interest to drinking water advocates. S. 3021, America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 (AWIA) is the 2018 authorization for the Water Resources and Development Act (WRDA). AWIA, passed in the Senate by a 99-1 vote, was sponsored by Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and developed by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
As POLITICO wrote on October 11, 2018, “It's arguably the biggest infrastructure accomplishment in the first two years of the Trump administration … It also reauthorizes the Safe Drinking Water Act for the first time in two decades and includes a new requirement that smaller communities monitor their water for emerging contaminants.”
The bill’s budget authorizations and amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act include:
VOLUNTARY SCHOOL AND CHILD CARE PROGRAM LEAD TESTING GRANT PROGRAM ENHANCEMENTSection 2006
EDF used an action level of 3.8 ppb, consistent with their earlier work examining health-based standards for lead in drinking water. They tested over 1,500 water samples through analysis by a certified lab, including before and after remediation techniques. They also evaluated two portable testing meters.
More than three out of four water samples had lead levels below 1 ppb. However, seven of 11 child care facilities had at least one drinking water fixture sample above their action le...
As of October 2017, CACFP-program providers must go beyond simply making water available and must also proactively offer drinking water. For more information about the requirements, click to read the 2016 memo from the USDA's Food and Nutrition Service. Monitoring for this requirement starts Oct. 1, 2018.
To promote the importance of drinking water, try these simple activities--one for every day of the week. The National CACFP Take Action Challenge for drinking water officially starts June 4, 2018 but you can use these ideas any time.