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

14 Jun 2021
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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