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Napolitano Introduces the Water Recycling Investment and Improvement Act

February 13, 2019
Press Release

(WASHINGTON, DC)  Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) introduced H.R. 1162, the Water Recycling Investment and Improvement Act, to assist water agencies with the expansion, planning, design, and building of water recycling plants and modernizing water infrastructure in California and other western states.

“Strains on our water supplies due to climate change, drought, and population growth have increased steadily in Southern California and across the nation over the past few decades, underscoring the critical need for greater federal assistance,” Napolitano said. “The Bureau of Reclamation’s Title XVI water recycling programs have been proven to be the most cost-effective in improving water supply, by providing long-term savings while boosting job growth and lowering our reliance on imported water. As we work to explore new ways to expand our water portfolio and safeguard our local communities from future water shortages and drought, it is imperative that we continue to adequately fund, promote, and expand water recycling infrastructure projects.”

“The Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse competitive grants program supports game-changing innovations in water reuse, and helps communities build economic and environmental resilience for the future,” said Pat Sinicropi, Executive Director of the WateReuse Association. “We are delighted to endorse the Water Recycling Investment and Improvement Act of 2019, and thank Congresswoman Napolitano for being a steadfast champion of water reuse and the Title XVI competitive grants program.”

Napolitano introduced H.R with Reps. Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30), Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), Jerry McNerney (CA-09), Harley Rouda (CA-48), Jared Huffman (CA-02), Alan S. Lowenthal (CA-47), Julia Brownley (CA-26), Filemon Vela (TX-34), Norma J. Torres (CA-35), Salud O. Carbajal (CA-24), Dina Titus (NV-01), Katie Hill (CA-25), Gilbert R. Cisneros Jr. (CA-39), Josh Harder (CA-10), Anna Eshoo (CA-18), and Linda T. Sanchez (CA-38).

Summary of H.R. 1162

  • Increases funding Authorization for the Bureau of Reclamation’s Title XVI water recycling competitive grant program to $500 million from $50 million.
    • Makes the program permanent as it currently expires in 2021.
    • Funds water recycling and reuse projects for 17 western states.

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