President Trump has signed the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act into law. The bill, H.R. 7279, contains a number of provisions authored by Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) to provide communities more flexibility to comply with costly regulations in regards to their wastewater infrastructure improvements.
“The Water Infrastructure Improvement Act will provide communities in Northwest and West Central Ohio with the tools they need to meet their water infrastructure needs,” said Latta. “By providing more flexibility, Integrated Planning allows communities to use funds in a targeted manner to implement the most effective water quality improvements. With the need for billions of dollars’ worth of clean water infrastructure projects in Ohio, this bipartisan law will help municipalities and clean water utilities meet their obligations in a cost-effective way. I’d like to thank the President for signing this important piece of legislation into law.”
Under the Clean Water Act, municipalities on average are spending nearly 7% of their tax dollars on water and sewer systems. Even with that amount of taxpayer money, there is a need for approximately $300 billion for clean water infrastructure investments nationally. Many ratepayers are also seeing sewer rates increase at a rapid pace compared to inflation.