News from National Rural Water Association - Washington
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House Committee Passes Clean Water State Revolving Fund Reauthorization: On October 29th, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved legislation (H.R. 1497) to almost double current spending levels for EPA’s clean water state revolving fund (SRF) by 2025 as well as allow states the flexibility to extend the term of NPDES permits up to 10 years if both the state issuing the permit and the permittee agreed to the extension and several prerequisite conditions are included in the permit. The legislation requires states to set-aside a minimum of 10 percent of annual SRF funds to provide grants to communities with affordability concerns and establishes minimum funding set-asides to address the water infrastructure needs of small and rural communities (summary and text of legislation).