Dec 28, 2000

Clean Water Council Takes Its Message to Transit

Clean water infrastructure investments is the key to maintaining and
improving the quality of the natural environment and public health. That's the
message that will greet riders of Metro in Washington, D.C. For three months,
millions of commuters will see large, colorful posters sponsored by the Clean
Water Council that promote congressional action Clean Water State Revolving Fund
(SRF) reauthorization bills pending in the House and Senate.
The Fund provides low-cost financing to communities for the construction,
repair and rehabilitation of wastewater collection and treatment facilities. The
program also funds stormwater, wetlands, estuary and nonpoint source
The Clean Water Infrastructure Financing Act (H.R. 2720/S. 1699), companion
bills, introduced by Reps. Sue Kelly (R-NY) and Ellen Tauscher (D-CA) and Sen.
George Voinovich (R-OH), would reauthorize the SRF at $3 billion annually for
five years.
"An investment in wastewater infrastructure is an investment in
protecting the environment and human health. Our communities remain susceptible
to a number of hazards that pose a significant threat to clean water, such as
sewer overflows that pollute water sources with untreated sewage," said
Rep. Kelly. "H.R. 2720 would help mitigate hazards such as this and guide
Congress in appropriating adequate funds for the SRF that reflect our nation's
considerable needs."