Congresswoman Nikema Williams Advances Legislation to Permanently Guarantee Funds for Environmentally Innovative Clean Water Infrastructure Projects
WASHINGTON – Today, the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure approved the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act, bipartisan legislation that improves the country’s wastewater infrastructure. Included in the bill is a provision based on the Water Infrastructure Sustainability and Efficiency (WISE) Act, which was introduced by Congresswoman Nikema Williams (GA-05) in May.
“I am proud that this provision was advanced by my House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee colleagues,” said Congresswoman Williams. “Clean water is more than an environmental issue, it is a human and civil rights issue because the lack of clean water threatens the health of all communities, particularly our most marginalized communities. Today’s vote sends a strong message that this legislation will help people across the country.”
The legislation advanced today will permanently set aside 20 percent of the Clean Water State Revolving Fund for environmentally friendly and climate resilient water infrastructure projects. The Clean Water State Revolving Fund provides states with funds for water quality projects at the state and local level and is the largest source of federal financing for clean water infrastructure projects.