Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) Update
The House of Representatives is currently debating a bipartisan bill to increase funding for the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA). This bill would raise the WIFIA Program’s funding to $90 million per water infrastructure project.
Currently, the WIFIA Program has invested $5.1 billion in water infrastructure projects across the US.
These projects include Baltimore’s plan to bring its water up to government standards by upgrading its wastewater, distribution, and stormwater systems. Another project to watch for is Omaha’s plan for a new $113 million retention treatment basin to address sewage overflow, including 1.2 billion gallons of sewage from Little Papillion Creek.
The only way for these projects to get necessary funding in 2018 is for this bipartisan bill to pass. Many members of Congress are aware of gaining water infrastructure issues in their own districts, but it’s important for WASDA Members to weigh in on these issues. You can send the 2017 ASCE Infrastructure Report to your legislators.
We have to work together to ensure that infrastructure reform gets the attention it deserves.
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