WASHINGTON, DC (WWLP) – A subcommittee of the US Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works (EPW) held a hearing on “Implementation of the Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act: Needs and Experiences of Stakeholders” to learn how Congress on Sept Use the funds available in the Bipartisan Infrastructure (BIL) and Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act (DWWIA) bills.
Springfield Water and Sewer Commission Executive Director Josh Schimmel stepped before the committee on Tuesday to speak on behalf of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), of which he is a board member.
He said the funding was needed after decades of federal underinvestment. “The historic water infrastructure investments in DWWIA and BIL are providing much-needed respite for local governments working to balance capital funding needs with ongoing operations and maintenance while customer rates remain manageable,” said Schimmel. He also points out that many water utilities, particularly those serving disadvantaged communities like Springfield, may not have the resources to access those funds without additional support.
Schimmel made contributions on other topics, including low-interest sources of finance, the need for more grants, technical assistance, and expanded eligibility for lower-income communities.
You can view Schimmel’s full testimony on the EPW’s YouTube page.