Trump’s Pitch for Water Infrastructure Funds Leaves Groups Cautious

Promises. Promises. President-elect Donald Trump pledged during his campaign to make clean water a priority, to develop a long-term water infrastructure plan with city, state and federal leaders to upgrade aging water systems, and to “triple funding for state revolving loan fund programs to help states and local governments upgrade critical drinking water and wastewater infrastructure.” But national drinking water and wastewater groups are hesitant to wager whether these promises made on the campaign trail will actually materialize as congressional appropriations. “It is very questionable whether Congress would go along with tripling SRF (state revolving fund) funding, as it would mean adding roughly $4 billion to EPA’s budget,” said Dan Hartnett, Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies director of legislative affairs.

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