Western lawmakers want $550M for water recycling

By Jennifer Yachnin | 04/17/2024 06:16 AM EDT

New legislation would expand a program from the bipartisan infrastructure law.

Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.).

Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.) is sponsoring legislation to increase support for water recycling. Mariam Zuhaib/AP

Major water recycling and reuse projects could see a boost from federal funds under new legislation introduced by a quartet of Western Democrats.

California Democratic Reps. Grace Napolitano and Jared Huffman on Tuesday introduced H.R. 7990, the “Large-Scale Water Recycling Reauthorization and Investment Act of 2024.”

The bill, co-authored by Nevada Rep. Susie Lee (D) and Arizona Rep. Raúl Grijalva, the top Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee, would extend a program first funded in the bipartisan infrastructure act in 2021.


“As we combat extreme drought and prepare for future water shortages in the arid West, Congress must provide additional funding opportunities now to help boost these existing large-scale recycling projects and get new ones off the ground,” said Napolitano, ranking member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment.