WASHINGTON, DC – (RealEstateRama) — The House Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously approved legislation introduced by U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) to make consumer confidence reports on drinking water quality more frequent and easier for every American to understand. The legislation, which advanced as part of the Drinking Water System Improvement Act, would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to instruct large drinking water systems to issue biannual consumer confidence reports, rather than annual, and increase the effectiveness and understandability of the reports to improve transparency and help prevent future drinking water crises.
“In Michigan, the Flint water crisis still remains in all our hearts and minds. We must ensure this does not happen again in any city in America,” said Dingell. “By requiring large water systems to provide consumer confidence reports biannually, the American people will have more frequent reports on water quality, which will help identify and mitigate risks. Consumers deserve clear and immediate notifications and transparency when it comes to water quality. Providing the American people with more information and information that is easier to read will give everyone greater confidence in the water they drink.”
The Drinking Water System Improvement Act would take important steps to authorize significant funding to support grants for state drinking water programs, strengthen State Revolving Loan Funds, and provide an assessment for replacing all lead contaminated pipes across the country.