Challenges to Rural Communities a Focus at Drinking Water Hearing

Published On: May 22, 2017By Categories: Newsline
During a hearing of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Environment, its members heard witness testimony on a discussion draft involving reforms to the Safe Drinking Water Act. The wide-ranging hearing featured several themes from witnesses representing small and large water systems, pipe manufacturers, clean water advocacy groups, and state drinking water officials.

Witnesses all agreed on the need for an increase in funding of the state revolving loan funds and the importance of factoring in asset management and lifecycle cost analysis in investment decisions. Rural communities were also discussed, specifically the challenges they face in access to funding, technical assistance, and treatment contamination.

The witnesses also expressed support for programs at EPA and USDA that had previously been targeted by the Trump administration.

A webcast of the hearing can be viewed here.

The hearing represented another important step in producing comprehensive, bipartisan drinking water legislation in the House. The subcommittee also paid significant attention to the challenges facing rural communities—which NGWA advocated at its 2017 Groundwater Fly-In.

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