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WEF urges lawmakers to pass water infrastructure financing legislation

February 28, 2012

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Water Environment Federation (WEF) Executive Director Jeff Eger joined with other industry leaders Tuesday on Capitol Hill to urge members of the U.S. House of Representatives to pass new legislation that would fund water infrastructure needs, according to a press release.

Eger’s testimony, presented to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, highlighted the financial challenges facing water facilities around the country and the importance of providing support for these essential services.

During the first of a two-part hearing titled, Review of Innovative Financing Approaches for Community Water Infrastructure Projects, Eger and other water industry leaders helped educate the Subcommittee about the critical need for water infrastructure funding and potential financing tools to help local communities pay for the rising costs of providing clean and safe water.

“Local governments are facing the worst financial circumstances in more than a generation,” said Eger. “If we are going to continue to provide essential services and make progress in water quality, we need to re-imagine the way we provide local water services. We need to encourage innovation: innovative technologies, innovative management approaches and innovative financing.”