WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) unanimously voted to advance legislation that could help communities across the country remove lead from drinking water. Specifically, the Water Infrastructure Funding Transfer Bill would give states facing public health crises from lead in drinking water the flexibility to make a one-time transfer of a portion of their available funds from their Clean Water State Revolving Fund to their Drinking Water State Revolving Fund for projects that will remove lead from drinking water.
The legislation was originally introduced in May 2019 by U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ).
“The lead crisis facing our country is a threat to our public health and an issue of environmental justice,” said Sen. Booker. “Many communities don’t have access to clean drinking water, and disproportionately those communities are home to low-income individuals and people of color. This legislation would help make it easier for communities to address this pressing crisis and protect our children from the devastating harm caused by lead-contaminated drinking water.”
“I’m encouraged that my Senate colleagues from both parties are taking this issue seriously and today advanced my legislation that will provide states with the additional flexibility they need to invest in key drinking water infrastructure projects.”