RCAP Issues Strong Endorsement of Bipartisan Senate Water Bill

May 4, 2016 | EPA, General RCAP News, Water



This week, the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, approved the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). Introduced by Senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Barbra Boxer (D-CA), WRDA is the biggest overhaul of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Act and Clean Water Act programs in over a decade. The bill includes important provisions that directly address small and rural community water issues.

The Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) has issued a strong endorsement for WRDA. The bill includes provisions that address small and rural community water issues. In particular, RCAP supports a provision that would authorize a new clean water technical assistance program for small communities. The program allows allow small communities, who often lack basic technical and administrative services to receive in-person, hands-on training to comply with federal water regulations and assistance in accessing federal funding programs.

“RCAP applauds this bipartisan effort to authorize additional technical assistance programs for small community water systems,” RCAP Executive Director, Robert Stewart said. “We thank Senators Inhofe and Boxer for their leadership on this important issue and for their work on a bipartisan basis to address rural America’s substantial water infrastructure needs. This legislation is integral to achieving long-term sustainability of rural communities and water systems throughout the United States, while ensuring that all Americans have access to clean, safe, and affordable drinking water.”

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About the Rural Community Assistance Partnership

The Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) is a national network of six regional RCAPs working to ensure that rural and small communities through the United States have access to safe drinking water and sanitary wastewater disposal. The Partnership provides a variety of programs to accomplish this goal, such as direct training and technical assistance. For more information, visit www.rcap.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.