Congressman Jerry McNerney

Representing the 9th District of California
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McNerney and Tauscher Introduce Healthy Community Water Supply Act of 2007

Jan 30, 2007
Press Release
Bill will authorize funds to increase usable water supply

January 30, 2007

Washington, DC -- Today, Rep. Jerry McNerney (CA-11) and Rep. Ellen Tauscher (CA-10) introduced the Healthy Communities Water Supply Act of 2007.

The Healthy Communities Water Supply Act of 2007 will authorize $125 million in funding for projects that increase usable water supply by encouraging innovation in water reclamation, reuse, and conservation.

“Right now, parts of California are poised to break records for the driest January ever,” Rep. McNerney said. “Not only that, but increasing global temperatures will have an impact on the melting snowpack that provides water for much of California. This bill authorizes funds to develop alternative sources of clean drinking water, as well as water for agricultural and industrial purposes.”

“Californians know better than anyone how precious every drop of water is to our communities, our economy and to our way of life. This legislation provides a real federal commitment to exploring alternative water sources now, so we can make huge strides toward ensuring we have the water we’ll need in the future,” said Rep. Tauscher. “I am pleased to work with my neighbor and friend Congressman McNerney on this important legislation.”

The Healthy Communities Water Supply Act of 2007 amends the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to authorize alternative water source projects. Importantly, it will provide a necessary source of funding for ideas like aquifer storage and retrieval and membrane filtering technologies that have the potential to greatly increase our ability to use water more effectively and efficiently.

“I am excited about this act, which encourages innovation by authorizing funding for pilot projects to develop water supplies through conservation, management and reclamation,” Rep. McNerney said.

“These projects are expensive, and if we can infuse much-needed federal money, we can help local and state officials ensure California remains the leader in water and environmental advances,” Rep. Tauscher said.

The Healthy Communities Water Supply Act of 2007 was introduced this evening, and will be considered by the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment – on which both Reps. McNerney and Tauscher serve – on Wednesday, January 31.