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WASHINGTON — U.S. Congressman Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio) urged water utility leaders to ask their Congressional representatives to co-sponsor draft legislation that would create a federal Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Authority (WIFIA), according to a press release.
Speaking before more than 160 water utility leaders from the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the Water Environment Federation (WEF), Rep. Gibbs said WIFIA would do more to address water infrastructure needs at a lower cost to utilities and the consumers they serve, stated the release.
“Safe, reliable water systems are too often taken for granted,” said Gibbs, chair of the U.S. House Subcommittee for Water Resources and Environment, which is reviewing the draft WIFIA legislation. “A Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Authority would help Americans meet our enormous water infrastructure challenge without adding to the long-term federal deficit. WIFIA will help America address more water infrastructure needs at a lower cost to water consumers.”
To read the entire press release, click here.