Clean Water Act
The Clean Water Act was established in 1972, and is based on a 1948 bill called the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, which regulates and sets standards for water quality in the U.S. The changes in 1972 were significant and marked a drastic shift and tone for water regulations, treatment, and standards from surface water treatment to groundwater treatment. The passage of this bill also came with funding which led to the hire of a generational work force that has run the U.S. water and wastewater facilities for more than 40 years. The American Jobs Plan proposed by President Joe Biden in March 2021 is the first major proposal to rival the Clean Water Act's funding of the industry since it was enacted in 1972.