News Briefs: Colorado Town Introduces Recycled Water Into Public System

Also in this week's water and wastewater news, house members introduce a bill to invest $50 billion into the nation's water/wastewater infrastructure

The Douglas County News Press in Colorado reports that the Town of Castle Rock has achieved a significant milestone in a nearly 15-year effort toward water sustainability, as recycled water has been introduced into its public water system for the first time.

The project was initiated in 2006, and since then, $208 million has been invested in the town’s Long-Term Water Resources Project.

“As I am still a resident of Castle Rock, it is always satisfying to see water projects coming to fruition for water users,” former Castle Rock Mayor Randy Reed tells the newspaper. “Water is still a major concern for the town and the need to acquire renewable water for the future of the town's water users.”

House Members to Introduce Bill for $50 Billion in Water/Wastewater Funding   

Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio of Oregon, Chair of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Grace F. Napolitano of California, and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania are set to introduce the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2021.

This bipartisan legislation would authorize $50 billion in direct infrastructure investment over the next five years to address America’s crumbling wastewater infrastructure and local water quality challenges. The bill would also significantly increase the amount of federal assistance made available to states and communities through the successful Clean Water State Revolving Fund program.

The Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2021 has broad support from local municipalities, as well as environmental organizations and small businesses, according to a press release.

Local Officials Across Nation Call on Biden to Fund Infrastructure

In other news, local officials from across the United States have called on President Joe Biden and Congress to prioritize funding for infrastructure that will make our communities healthier and protect the environment. The local officials released a letter recenty, with Environment America and U.S. Public Interest Research Group, calling for investments in the following key areas: clean water, transportation, clean energy, solid waste, nature-based infrastructure, schools, and broadband. 

The letter comes amidst Congressional hearings on using infrastructure as part of the president’s plan to "Build Back Better," including a hearing on water infrastructure funding scheduled in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.


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