American Jobs Plan Includes Water Infrastructure Funding

  • by ACWA Staff
  • Mar 31, 2021
  • Water News

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Biden Administration today released a fact sheet for the American Jobs Plan, a piece of the administration’s Build Back Better initiative. The fact sheet overviews various pieces of the American Jobs Plan, including water infrastructure provisions.

While details of the plan are still forthcoming, ACWA joined a national coalition of more than 200 agriculture organizations and urban and rural water districts in encouraging the Administration and Congressional leaders to bolster water infrastructure provisions. Specifically, the coalition noted in a media statement the arid West’s need for investments in above- and below-ground water storage, conveyance, recycling, and desalination.

The American Jobs Plan focuses on the need for resilient infrastructure against climate change, support for disadvantaged communities, and rural America. The plan outlines $111 billion for drinking water infrastructure; $50 billion for various drought, wildfire and agricultural resources management infrastructure investments; $45 billion for lead pipe cleanup; and $10 billion in funding to monitor and remediate PFAS in drinking water.

ACWA staff is tracking the development of the American Jobs Plan and other infrastructure efforts closely, advocating for investments in every tool available to California’s water managers. For more information on federal infrastructure activity, please contact jayt@acwa.com.

 

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