WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers applauded House passage of America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, a comprehensive bipartisan effort between both the U.S. House and Senate to improve the nation's water infrastructure and flood protection programs. The legislation includes the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2018, giving the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers the resources necessary to protect our communities and our waterways.
"This legislation is vital to improving quality drinking water across the country, while also protecting our homes and businesses from future flood damage," said Rogers, Chairman Emeritus of the House Appropriations Committee. "It also includes my on-going effort to protect communities around Lake Cumberland from being taxed with unneccessary access fees for drinking water. I included language to prohibit the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from charging those uncalculated fees in both this bill and the Energy and Water House Appropriations Bill. I have been blocking that tax for many years, and will continue to ensure our local, rural communities are not burdened with an added cost to access quality drinking water at the unkown and unfair expense of maintaining the Wolf Creek Dam."
The bill also includes key provisions from the Drinking Water System Improvement Act to help modernize the country's aging drinking water infrastructure.