Bill Supporting Oklahoma’s Rural Water Systems Goes to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON – December 03, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The U.S. House of Representatives on Monday voted to send a bill that supports rural and small community waters systems in Oklahoma and across the country to the president’s desk. S. 611, the Grassroots Rural and Small Community Water Systems Assistance Act, a bill that reauthorizes federal assistance programs for small public water systems, passed the House unanimously.

Under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets standards for drinking water quality and monitors the states, localities, and water suppliers who implement those standards. Small and rural communities rely on grants and on-site technical assistance and training for compliance with EPA regulations. S. 611 reauthorizes these programs. Small water systems can apply to receive awards through grants or cooperative agreements with non-profits that provide certain on-site or regional assistance programs.

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