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Upton Votes to Reauthorize Safe Drinking Water Act

Bipartisan effort helps communities dealing with PFAS contamination & modernizes drinking water infrastructure

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Washington, September 13, 2018 | Tom Wilbur (202-225-3761) | comments

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today joined the majority of his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in voting to advance S. 3021 – America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018. Included in this package is H.R. 3387, the Drinking Water System Improvement Act. H.R. 3387 seeks to bring greater investment in the country’s aging drinking water infrastructure.

“Safe drinking water for our families is something we should all agree on. And this bipartisan bill delivers for communities, like Parchment, dealing with PFAS contamination issues,” said Upton. “This effort will also proactively modernize our aging drinking water infrastructure. Here in Michigan, we keenly understand the need for safe drinking water. This bill will help ensure safe drinking water for all and I urge the Senate to take up this bipartisan bill without delay.”

H.R. 3387 specifically helps communities needing to try treatment for PFAS by increasing authorization to $8 billion over 5 year for Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (DWSRF). It also increase the amount of money that States can use to help with drinking water treatment to promote public health.

H.R. 3387 requires all drinking water utilities serving more than 3,300 people to monitor for contaminants that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not regulate, but considers threatening enough that the Agency is trying to get a better picture of the contaminants prevalence in drinking water systems. In addition, the legislation requires EPA to find a representative sample of utilities that serve less than 3,300 to also monitor for these contaminants. The bill helps provide offsetting financial support to water systems serving 1 to 10,000 people that are required to do this testing.

For contaminants that get into lakes and rivers that serve as a drinking water system’s source, H.R. 3387 reauthorizes source water protection planning activities by States and renews provisions that permit Federal funding to implement voluntary source water protection programs.

Learn more about Upton’s work on the PFAS contamination issue here.

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