Wednesday, July 11th 2018, 8:55 am CDT
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Heartland News at 9) - Illinois U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin, along with ten other colleagues reintroduced the Contaminant and Lead Electronic Accounting and Reporting Requirements (CLEARR) for Drinking Water Act this week on Capitol Hill.
The bill would authorize more than $1 billion in federal funding to help small and disadvantaged communities replace contaminated water infrastructure to comply with the Safe Drinking Water Act.
The legislation would also direct the Environmental Protection Agency to require electronic reporting of water quality testing results, update requirements for repeat or serious offender water systems, and create a system so that customers can request in-home water quality tests from the EPA and receive the test results quickly.
"The reality is that contaminated water is a public health crisis in communities across the nation and no state is immune," Duckworth said. "The CLEARR Act is an important bill that can help solve this crisis and ensure every family in America - no matter where they live - has access to clean and safe drinking water."
“Sadly, many areas lack the ability to test drinking water and make the necessary improvements if they are warranted," said Durbin. "This bill would seek to provide assistance to communities in need by increasing federal funding for water infrastructure improvements and quality water monitoring in America’s towns."
The other cosponsors of the CLEARR Drinking Water Act include Sen. Edward J. Markey, Sen. Ben Cardin, Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Sen. Jeff Merkley, Sen. Chris Van Hollen, Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Tina Smith, and Sen. Ron Wyden.