Lawmakers introduce bill to help improve safety of drinking water


(WAND) - Lawmakers are introducing a bill to help improve drinking water safety in small, rural communities.

U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and 9 other senators to reintroduce the Contaminant and Lead Electronic Accounting and Reporting Requirements (CLEARR) for Drinking Water Act.

The legislation would give more than $1 billion in federal funding to help small communities replace contaminated water infrastructure so they comply with Safe Drinking Water Act requirements.

The CLEARR Drinking Water Act also directs the Environmental Protection Agency to create, "requirements for electronic reporting of water quality testing results, update the requirements for repeat or serious-offender water systems, and create a system so that residents can request in-home water quality tests from the EPA and receive the test results in an expedited manner."

Funding levels would be increased by $60 million per year through 2021 to $230 million for 2019 and $300 million each year for 2020 through 2023.

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