July 24, 2019

On July 24, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 200, the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund, into law.

This groundbreaking legislation will provide approximately $130 million each year for ten years to support safe drinking water projects in vulnerable communities.

The fund will be supported by an allocation of 5 percent of the annual proceeds of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, a market-based compliance mechanism for the monitoring and regulation of sources of greenhouse gas emissions, part of the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.

Creation of a Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund was tirelessly pursued by California State Senator Bill Monning, with support from champion Assemblymembers Eduardo Garcia and Richard Bloom, as well as a coalition of advocacy groups that includes two NDWA members: the Community Water Center and the Rural Community Assistance Corporation. 

PHOTO ABOVE: Governor Newsom signed SB 200 at an event in the uninco...

November 7, 2018

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 ENHANCEMENT Section 2006

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May 21, 2018

The FY18 Omnibus spending bill passed in Congress on March 26 included $20 million for a voluntary program to test school and childcare drinking water for lead. These funds were authorized by Section 2107 in the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act of 2016 (Public Law 114-322). WIIN, sponsored by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), was enacted Dec. 11, 2016 and signed by President Obama on Dec. 16, 2016.  

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the administering agency. EPA will make grants available to states or to local educational agencies (LEAs) to assist LEAs in voluntary testing for elevated lead levels in drinking water in schools and child care programs that are under LEA jurisdiction. Testing will be required to meet EPA guidance, or state guidance if it is more stringent, and LEAs are to make results public.

The FY18 Omnibus funded two additional water infrastructure improvement grant programs:

  • $20 million to begin a grant program...

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