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Napolitano’s Water Recycling Investment and Improvement Act Passes Committee

March 11, 2020
Press Release

(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, H.R. 1162, the Water Recycling Investment and Improvement Act, which is authored by Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte), passed the House Natural Resources Committee during a full committee markup.

“It’s a no-brainer; we have to explore new ways to expand our water portfolio, and water recycling is one of the best ways to do so,” Napolitano said. “Not only do these projects create jobs and boost our local economies, farms, and businesses, but Title XVI projects can be brought online in as little as two years in contrast to dams which take 10 to 15 years to build and cost $2 billion now. Congress must address the nearly $1 billion backlog of congressionally approved Title XVI projects and work to provide more drought protection for California and other western states. My bill will accomplish this task.”

H.R. 1162 would increase the funding authorization for the Bureau of Reclamation’s Title XVI water recycling competitive grant program from $50 million to $500 million, giving local water agencies the necessary funding to increase capacities for existing recycling plants or create new cost-effective projects to boost water supplies. The bill has been placed on the House Calendar for consideration for the full House of Representatives.

Letters from organizations supporting H.R. 1162 can be viewed here.

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