Trump signs legislation to help update water lines
Oct 24, 2018 12:00 pm
Dan Freedman is reporting for the Times Union President Donald Trump October 23, signed a bipartisan measure focused on updating aging water lines and preventing the kind of contamination that polluted drinking water places like Hoosick Falls and Flint, Michigan. The America’s Water Infrastructure Act will reauthorize the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Drinking Water State Revolving Fund for the first time since it expired in 2003. The fund is administered by the EPA and is the primary mechanism for federal aid to local municipalities to improve drinking water pipes. Funding authorization would start at $1.174 billion for 2019 and rise to $1.95 billion by 2021. The law requires water-system monitoring of contaminants for utilities serving more than 3,300 people. It also establishes a $5 million annual grant program to help schools and day care centers fix drinking fountains contaminated by lead. The bill was helped through the House by U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, Democrat of Amsterdam, in his role as the senior Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy. Read the full story in the Times Union.