The Wastewater Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2021 (H.R. 3218) invests in our states’ and communities’ wastewater infrastructure, improves the permitting process for this critical infrastructure, and provides flexibility that communities often need to take on complex projects.
The bill authorizes federal funding for major Clean Water Act infrastructure programs administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), including the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) program, the primary source of federal assistance to states and communities for wastewater infrastructure construction. Clean Water SRF capitalization grants are commonly used by the states to help communities fund sewer overflow and stormwater projects, water pollution control activities, and water recycling and reuse projects.
This bill largely reflects a bipartisan agreement reached last Congress on similar legislation the Committee approved, including agreed upon authorization levels.
The bill was introduced by Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee Ranking Member David Rouzer (R-NC), along with Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO) and U.S. Rep. Don Young (R-AK).
Text of the Wastewater Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2021
Section-by-section summary of the bill
Press release on introduction of the bill (May 13, 2021)
Press release on news coverage of the bill's introduction (May 14, 2021)
Press release featuring statements of support from organizations (May 18, 2021)