Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2018 - 37


The following are summaries
of articles covered on NRWA'S
Washington, D.C., homepage (www. For more information, or
the original documents for any of these
summaries, please visit the homepage. If
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On September 10, The House &
Senate Water Committee Leaders
Announced a Comprehensive Water
Resources Infrastructure Bill: The
"America's Water Infrastructure Act of
2018" makes significant improvements
and modifications to the Clean Water
Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA)
and the Water Infrastructure Finance and
Innovation Act. On September 13, the
House of Representatives unanimously
approved the legislation and sent it to the
Senate. Senator Barrasso (WY), sponsor of
the legislation in the Senate and Chairman
of the Environment and Public Works
Committee, is leading the effort to pass
the bill in the Senate and have it sent to
the President.
Barrasso stated, "The Act is the most
significant drinking water legislation in
decades. This bill invests in repairing aging
drinking water systems. For the first time
since 1996, Congress will authorize the
Drinking Water State Revolving Funds."
Title II of the legislation includes 23 new
SDWA provisions summarized below.

America's Water Infrastructure
Act of 2018
TITLE II (amendments to the
Safe Drinking Water Act)
Section 2001. Indian reservation
drinking water program; annually


authorizes $20 million in grants to certain
Indian tribes to connect, repair, expand
existing drinking water services or improve
water quality, pressure, or water services.
Section 2002. Clean, safe, reliable
water infrastructure; permits states to

program enhancement; authorizes $25
million in each of fiscal years 2019, 2020,
and 2021 for technical assistance to aid in
identifying lead in drinking water at schools
and daycare centers.
Section 2007. Innovative water

use a portion of their Drinking Water State
Revolving Loan Fund to protect source
water in areas delineated by that state in
its source water protection plan.
Section 2003. Study on intractable
water systems; requires a group of
federal agencies to study and report back
to Congress on intractable water systems
and the barriers they face to delivering
potable drinking water. An intractable
water system serves fewer than 1,000
persons; where the owner or system
operations specialist is unable or unwilling
to provide safe drinking water, has
effectively abandoned their water system
or fails to maintain it, or has defaulted on
their loans.
Section 2004. Sense of Congress
relating to access to nonpotable water;
expresses the Sense of Congress that
access to non-potable water for industry
can relieve supply challenges for potable
water in water-stressed regions of
the country.
Section 2005. Drinking water
infrastructure resilience and
sustainability; provides grant
opportunities for states to assist or
otherwise carry out necessary and
appropriate activities concerning
contaminated drinking water, provided
by a public water system or underground
source of drinking water, in an underserved
and disadvantaged community when an
imminent and substantial endangerment
is present.
Section 2006. Voluntary school and
child care program lead testing grant

technology grant program; authorizes
$10 million in grants in fiscal years 2019
and 2020 for competitively awarded grants
to develop, test and deploy innovative
water technologies or provide technical
assistance to deploy these technologies.
Section 2008. Improved consumer
confidence reports; requires community
water systems, serving more than
10,000 persons, to provide a CCR to
each customer of the system at least
bi-annually. Also requires EPA to improve
the format of the consumer confidence
report to increase understandability and
usefulness to non-technical readers on the
quality of their water.
Section 2009. Contractual
agreements; permits an owner or
system operations specialist of a public
water system to enter a contractual
agreement for significant management or
administrative functions of its public water
system to correct its identified violations.
Section 2010. Additional
considerations for compliance; permits
either a state with primary enforcement
responsibility for SDWA or EPA, if the
state does not have that authority under
SDWA to require the owner or system
operations specialist of certain public
water systems to assess their options
for consolidation, transfer of ownership,
or other activities to get that system into
compliance if: (1) the public water system
in question has repeatedly, even despite
efforts to correct it, violated one or more
SDWA requirements and this lack of
compliance is likely to adversely affect




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