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Water sector coalition requests that Congress continue FY 2014 funding levels
The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) along with a coalition of water sector and municipal groups sent the letters to House and Senate Appropriators, urging them to reject the cuts proposed in the administration’s FY 2015 budget request and continue the FY 2014 funding levels of at least $1.45 billion and $907 million for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) programs respectively. The administration’s FY 2014 budget request asks that the Clean Water and Drinking Water SRFs be funded at $1.02 billion and $757 million respectively, a cut of more than $350 million to the Clean Water SRF and $150 million to the Drinking Water SRF from last year’s funding levels.
The letter states, “Considering the importance of water and wastewater infrastructure to the well-being of the American people, our communities and to our economy, it is essential that the federal government remains a strong and reliable partner in meeting the nation’s clean water and safe drinking water needs.”
The other groups joining the coalition include the U.S. Conference of Mayors, The National Association of Counties, The National League of Cities, the Association of Clean Water Administrators, the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators, the American Public Works Assn., the Water Environment Federation, the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, the American Water Works Assn., the Council on Infrastructure Financing Authorities and the National Association of Water Companies. NACWA will continue to provide coverage of the budget negotiations as they continue.