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S. 3015 - Water Affordability Act

Introduced: 2018-06-06
Bill Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.
 
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115th CONGRESS
2d Session
S. 3015


    To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to establish a low-income sewer and drinking water assistance pilot program, and for other purposes.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

June 6, 2018

    Ms. Harris introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works


A BILL

    To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to establish a low-income sewer and drinking water assistance pilot program, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Water Affordability Act”.

SEC. 2. Low-income sewer and drinking water assistance pilot program.

Title I of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“SEC. 124. Low-income sewer and drinking water assistance pilot program.

“(a) Definitions.—In this section:

“(1) ELIGIBLE ENTITY.—The term ‘eligible entity’ means a municipality, or a public entity that owns or operates a public water system (as defined in section 1401 of the Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. 300f)), that is affected by a consent decree relating to compliance with this Act.

“(2) ENVIRONMENTALLY AT-RISK HOUSEHOLD.—The term ‘environmentally at-risk household’ means—

“(A) a household located within 5 miles of an environmentally hazardous site, including waste disposal, manufacturing, and energy production facilities; and

“(B) as indicated by the EJScreen tool of the Environmental Protection Agency, a household located in an area with—

“(i) a high minority population; and

“(ii) a high environmental indicator.

“(3) HOUSEHOLD.—The term ‘household’ means any individual or group of individuals who are living together as 1 economic unit.

“(4) LOW-INCOME HOUSEHOLD.—The term ‘low-income household’ means a household—

“(A) in which one or more individuals are receiving—

“(i) assistance under a State program funded under part A of title IV of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 601 et seq.);

“(ii) supplemental security income payments under title XVI of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1381 et seq.);

“(iii) supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits under the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 2011 et seq.); or

“(iv) payments under—

“(I) section 1315, 1521, 1541, or 1542 of title 38, United States Code; or

“(II) section 306 of the Veterans' and Survivors' Pension Improvement Act of 1978 (38 U.S.C. 1521 note; Public Law 95–588); or

“(B) that has an income that, as determined by the State in which the household is located, does not exceed the greater of—

“(i) an amount equal to 150 percent of the poverty level for that State; and

“(ii) an amount equal to 60 percent of the median income for that State.

“(5) SANITATION SERVICES.—The term ‘sanitation services’ has the meaning given the term in section 113(g).

“(b) Establishment of pilot program.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—The Administrator shall establish a pilot program to provide grants to not less than 10 eligible entities to assist low-income households and environmentally at-risk households in maintaining access to sanitation services and drinking water.

“(2) LOWER INCOME LIMIT.—For purposes of the pilot program under this section, an eligible entity may adopt an income limit that is lower than the limit described in subsection (a)(4)(B), except that the eligible entity may not exclude a household from eligibility in a fiscal year solely on the basis of household income if that income is less than 110 percent of the poverty level for the State.

“(c) Report.—Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this section, the Administrator shall submit to Congress a report on the results of the pilot program under this section.”.


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