Water Infrastructure

Ensuring equitable, climate-resilient, and affordable water infrastructure for all communities

All people should have access to climate-resilient water infrastructure systems that provide safe, clean, and affordable water and a healthy environment. Enhanced funding and regulation are essential to modernize America’s aging water infrastructure, ensuring equitable and sustainable access to water services across all communities. Investments must also be directed specifically towards underserved communities to ensure that water infrastructure meets diverse needs sustainably.

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Advocacy

The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) are federal and state partnership programs that match federal and state funds in low interest loan programs to finance water projects. Since its establishment in 1987, the CWSRF, through state administered programs, has provided $118 billion to support more than 38,000 loans. This funding has enabled communities to protect and better manage their water resources including:

  • Constructing municipal wastewater facilities,
  • Control nonpoint sources of pollution,
  • Building decentralized wastewater treatment systems,
  • Creating green infrastructure projects,
  • Protecting estuaries, and
  • Funding other water quality projects.

The DWSRF, established in 1996, has provided more than $32 billion to water systems through more than 12,800 loan and grant agreements. These agreements have enabled water systems to:

  • Improve drinking water treatment,
  • Fix leaky or old pipes,
  • Improve sources of water supply,
  • Replace or construct water storage tanks, and
  • Other infrastructure projects needed to protect public health.

Together, the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds are the most significant source of federal funding for water infrastructure projects. Communities and water quality benefit when we invest in smart and sustainable infrastructure projects. Re-authorizing and increasing funding levels for both SRF programs is vital to improving water quality and protecting communities across the country.

 

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State Revolving Fund Advocacy Toolkit

This toolkit was developed to support state and local advocates interested in water infrastructure investment who are seeking to better understand the State Revolving Fund (SRF) process. Nonprofit and community-based water advocates have an opportunity to influence how new and recurring federal water infrastructure funds are distributed and to reform how SRF programs operate. This toolkit aims to build the capacity of advocates to influence, improve, and access the process of securing funding for communities who need it most and have historically not been able to access SRF dollars.

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