Wyden-Merkley bill to help cities with water infrastructure

July 2018

$1 billion for small, disadvantaged communities

Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley , D-Ore., joined colleagues Wednesday in introducing the Contaminant and Lead Electronic Accounting and Reporting Requirements (CLEARR) for Drinking Water Act, which would authorize $1 billion in federal funding to help small and disadvantaged communities replace contaminated water infrastructure to comply with Safe Drinking Water Act requirements.

“Access to safe drinking water is a human right, and public health for all Americans requires equal and dependable access to a clean water supply,” Wyden said in a news release announcing the legislation. “This bill will provide crucial funding to rebuild and bring our nation’s water infrastructure into the 21st century, giving some of our country’s most vulnerable communities access to safe, clean drinking water.”

“Clean water isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity,” Merkley said. “Investments in water infrastructure create good jobs and are critical to preventing public health crises. By investing in our most vulnerable communities, we can boost job creation, while making essential long-term investments in our health and our economic growth.”

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