CLEARR Drinking Water Act would authorize more than $1 billion to help small and disadvantaged communities improve the safety of drinking water
Washington (May 22, 2019) – Washington (May 22, 2019) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) was joined today by twelve Senators, including all Democrats on the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, to reintroduce the Contaminant and Lead Electronic Accounting and Reporting Requirements for (CLEARR) Drinking Water Act, legislation to authorize more than $1 billion in federal funding to help small and disadvantaged communities replace contaminated water infrastructure to comply with Safe Drinking Water Act requirements. The CLEARR Drinking Water Act also directs the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide grants for community and research partnerships on drinking water contaminants, establish requirements for electronic reporting of water quality testing results and update the requirements for repeat- or serious-offender water systems.
“Skin color, neighborhood or net worth should never determine access to clean and safe drinking water,” said Senator Markey, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee. “We can eradicate the environmental contaminants of the 20th century by investing in infrastructure for the 21st century. Every community deserves to be free of lead and other drinking water contaminants that threaten public health. The CLEARR Act would provide funding for critical improvements with the latest electronic monitoring.”
A copy of the CLEARR Act can be found HERE.
The CLEARR Drinking Water Act would:
Other Senators co-sponsoring the legislation include Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).