Summary

To amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to reauthorize technical assistance to small public water systems, and for other purposes. Read More

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This bill was introduced on Apr 7, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Bill Text

A BILL

To amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to reauthorize technical assistance to small public water systems, 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 ``Grassroots Rural and Small Community Water Systems Assistance Act of 2011''.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

Congress finds the following: (1) The 1996 Amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act authorized technical assistance for small and rural communities to assist them with compliance with rules and regulations promulgated under the Act. Technical assistance and compliance training ensures that Federal regulations do not overwhelm small and rural communities' resources. It also allows small communities lacking technical resources access to assistance necessary to improve and protect their water resources. (2) Across the States, over 90 percent of the community water systems serve a population of less than 10,000. Small communities have the greatest difficulty providing safe, affordable public drinking water and wastewater services due to limited economies of scale and less technical expertise. (3) In addition to being the main source of compliance assistance, rural water technical assistance has been the main source of assistance in emergency response in small and rural communities. (4) Technical assistance ensures that Federal regulations do not overwhelm small and rural communities' resources. It also allows small communities lacking technical resources access to assistance necessary to improve and protect their water resources.

SEC. 3. SENSE OF CONGRESS.

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Bill Summary

To amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to reauthorize technical assistance to small public water systems, and for other purposes.

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