Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, senior member of the Florida Congressional Delegation, is pleased with passage of the "Water Quality Investment Act" that will provide over $18.7 billion over five years to help municipalities fund their water quality project requirements.
The "Water Quality Investment Act" will provide low interest loans to communities across the nation for wastewater infrastructure upgrades. Communities in the Florida Keys are currently eligible for these loans and several of the local governments already receive funds from this source.
The bill also reauthorizes $250 million in grants over five years for alternative water source projects and authorizes $1.8 billion over five years in grants to municipalities and states to regulate sewer overflows. The legislation also amends the Clean Water Act to provide a nationwide standard for public notification of sewage overflows.
Said Ros-Lehtinen, "My Congressional District will benefit from this legislation because wastewater treatment projects are of the utmost importance for the Keys community and coastal residents. The fragile ecosystem which encompasses the many communities in the Keys is home to endangered species and unique habitats so it is my hope that the extra federal funds available through loans and grants will not only benefit residents but also the environment."