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Duarte pitches bipartisan bill to fund water technologies grants


May 26, 2023

Final week, Rep. John Duarte (R – Modesto) introduced the bipartisan Water Infrastructure Modernization Act to produce federal grant applications aimed at escalating the use of sensible water technologies. 

Duarte teamed up with Arizona Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego to author the bill. 

The significant image: The Water Infrastructure Modernization Act would give $50 million in new EPA funding for grants which water utilities can use to buy and implement new technologies. 

  • Such technologies incorporates identifying water loss, examining pipe integrity, detecting leaks, preparing for serious climate and innovating water storage systems, amongst other people. 
  • The grants would be dished out in two applications more than a 5-year period. 

By the numbers: According to the Environmental Protection Agency, aging and outdated infrastructure leads to the loss of two.1 trillion gallons of treated drinking water and 900 billion gallons of untreated sewage nationwide annually. 

  • These infrastructure concerns served as the driving force behind Duarte and Gallego creating the bill. 

Go deeper: The grant applications would set aside 20 % of the funds for communities that have a maximum of ten,000 individuals. A different ten % would be set aside for Tribal communities. 

What they’re saying: “I assume it is relatively low-effect improvements that could yield an additional million acre feet of water for California, which is a significant deal,” Duarte stated. “Today, with the very same infrastructure we had in spot 20 years ago, we’re essentially delivering two.five million acre feet much less water than we applied to. So hopefully with the new technologies we can get back at least closer to exactly where we had been.” 

  • Duarte stated he is pleased to cross the aisle and companion with Gallego on the bill to operate on “sensible options to raise our water availability.” 
  • “It’s $50 million,” Duarte stated. “It’s not going to make completely new dams, but each in his district and my district we’ve got a lot of infrastructure that just wants to be upgraded. We need to have to apply some technologies. There’s a lot of flow technologies, automated weirs that can enhance the efficiency.”