U.S. Senators Mark Pryor (D-AR) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) today announced the formation of the bipartisan Senate Water Caucus to help build momentum in addressing our nation's water challenges.
Pryor and Moran said the bipartisan caucus will promote a dialogue in the Senate on challenges and solutions that affect America's water supply. The caucus will work with experts in the private and public sector to identify issues affecting water quantity and quality, as well as develop long-term strategies to ensure a sustainable water supply. As part of these efforts, the Senate Water Caucus will explore emerging technologies; financing options; best management practices; conservation opportunities; and greater coordination of water infrastructure projects among local, state and federal governments.
"Water shortages remain a challenge in our smallest towns and our largest cities. Left on the backburner, this problem will only escalate and disrupt economic growth in our country," Pryor said. "The Senate Water Caucus will delve into the challenges and solutions, and advance policy changes that will lead to a more sustainable water supply."
"Water is the lifeblood of our municipalities and access to an adequate water supply is critical to our country's future success," Moran said. "Our desire to address this issue is underscored by the ongoing drought our country is facing -- the worst since 1956. The Senate Water Caucus will work with stakeholders to identify solutions to current and future challenges affecting our water supply."
Pryor and Moran said the United States needs a better understanding of current water policy to better navigate and reform the patchwork of programs and laws related to its water needs. Americans consume an estimated 410 billion gallons of water a day for residential, commercial, agriculture, manufacturing and other uses. This demand for water will continue to increase, with 36 states facing water shortages by next year. The Senate Water Caucus will engage local, state, tribal, and federal experts on water availability and craft policies necessary to ensure that future generations have access to clean water.