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Senate Bill (S.914) Emphasizes Drinking Water, Digital Water Sector

11 May 2021
Research Note

On 29 April 2021, the U.S. Senate approved the Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act of 2021 (S.914), appropriating US$35 billion over the next five years to invest in the nation’s water systems. The bill passed with broad, bipartisan support (89-2) and heads to the House of Representatives for approval. House lawmakers and committees have pitched their own water infrastructure proposals this year without advancement.

The wide-ranging support the bill has bodes well for its future, reflecting the growing political consensus on the importance of water infrastructure investment.

In this Research Note:

  • Programs receiving significant appropriations
  • New pilot programs with appropriated funding
  • Shifting federal priorities towards drinking water system
  • Growing awareness of benefits and risks of digital water technology

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