Washington Continues to Battle over Needed Infrastructure Investment

26 Aug 2021
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On 10 August 2021, the U.S. Senate passed a US$1.2 trillion infrastructure package, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). The sweeping legislation outlines funding for water & wastewater infrastructure totaling US$55 billion and is now heading to the House of Representatives for approval. In its current state, which would likely be signed by President Biden if it makes it to his desk, the bill would be the largest investment in water & wastewater infrastructure in U.S. history.

Infrastructure week has been lauded over the last four years, so this represents a significant step in addressing some of the water sector’s more pressing needs.

In this Research Note:

  • Partisanship hurdles still stand in the path of closing infrastructure week
  • Funding priorities focus on State Revolving Funds and lead contamination in drinking water
  • Proposed funding for PFAS reflects growing focus on emerging problem

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