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