U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Rural Water Bill

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Legislation to Improve Rural Water Infrastructure in Wisconsin.

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today introduced legislation to fund critical water infrastructure projects in rural Wisconsin communities. The Rural Water Infrastructure Improvements Act would reauthorize and expand the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) grant and loan program that provides funding to states, local governments and tribes for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage and solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in rural areas.

“The Wisconsin Towns Association and the National Association of Towns and Townships appreciate Senator Baldwin’s commitment to ensuring that all of our communities – even the most rural – have access to essential infrastructure,” said Mike Koles, Executive Director of WTA and National Association of Towns and Townships Board Member. “The Rural Water Infrastructure Improvements Act will help our towns in Wisconsin and nationwide secure financing to maintain access to clean and reliable drinking water and sanitary sewer disposal. Again, we thank her.”

The Rural Water Infrastructure Improvements Act is supported by the National Rural Water Association, National Association of Counties, National Association of Towns and Townships, American Society of Civil Engineers, Wisconsin Towns Association and the Wisconsin Rural Water Association.

Specifically, Senator Baldwin’s legislation would:

  • Reauthorize USDA Rural Development’s Water, Waste Disposal, and Wastewater Facility grants and loans through 2023.
  • Increase the maximum amount for revolving loan funds for financing water and wastewater projects to $200,000.
  • Allow for loans for local utilities with experience delivering water or wastewater programs to provide assistance to unserved and underserved local communities.
  • Increase the population ceiling for the direct and guaranteed loan programs to allow access for rural communities that lack affordable financing options for their water and wastewater systems.
  • Provide mandatory funding to reduce the backlog of pending water and wastewater applications.

More information on the Rural Water Infrastructure Improvements Act is available here.

An online version of this release is available here.

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