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WEF, WateReuse Encourage Federal Role in Water/Wastewater Infrastructure Funding

Thursday, April 7, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: AZ Water Association
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Media Contacts:
WEF: Lori Harrison, 703.216.8565, lharrison@wef.org
WateReuse: Zachary Dorsey, 571.445.5503, zdorsey@watereuse.org 


WEF, WateReuse Encourage Federal Role in Water/Wastewater Infrastructure Funding
Rudolph Chow, Director of the Baltimore Dept. of Public Works represented the organizations at this morning’s Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing

ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 7, 2016 – Rudolph Chow, Director of the Baltimore Department of Public Works, testified today on behalf of his agency, the Water Environment Federation (WEF), and the WateReuse Association at the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing, “The Federal Role in Keeping Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Affordable.”

With more than thirty years of experience in the water sector, Chow is a proponent of surface and underground infrastructure renewal and has spent his career developing and implementing new and innovative programs aimed at protecting these systems while mitigating affordability issues. Testifying before Chairman James Inhofe (R-OK), Ranking Member Barbara Boxer (D-CA), and the other Committee Members, his remarks focused on three main points:


  • Affordability – The challenges communities are having with meeting their regulatory requirements with limited funds is a national problem;
  • Federal Funding of Infrastructure – Congress should provide robust support for existing and proposed federal funding and financing programs; and
  • Economic Benefits of the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Programs (SRF) – at the Committee’s request, WEF and WateReuse recently conducted an analysis of the estimated economic impact generated by SRF spending in four example states, including taxes that return to the federal government and the employment and output from that spending. The four states—California, Maryland, Ohio, and Oklahoma—were chosen as a good cross-section of states across the nation that were representative of geographic size, population size, cost of living, rural/urban populations, and general age of infrastructure.

 

 

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