U.S. Legislation & Agency Actions

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WQA’s dedicated Government Affairs Department advocates on behalf of the water quality improvement industry at the federal, state and local levels. We work closely with policymakers and regulators to educate them on benefits of water treatment, striving to improve the business climate for the industry by reducing regulatory burdens and increasing market opportunities.

Updates & Bills List

Government Affairs Reports

2021 Government Affairs Report
2020 Government Affairs Report
2019 Government Affairs Report

Federal Affairs

Healthy H2O Act

The Healthy Drinking Water Affordability Act, also known as the Healthy H2O Act, would provide grants for water testing and the purchase of certified treatment technology directly to individuals, non-profits and local governments in rural communities. The legislation came from an initiative formerly called Clean Water For All that was developed by a WQA task force. Read more about it.

Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework (BIF), includes significant new investments in American infrastructure, including upgrades to roads and bridges, the U.S. power grid and, of particular interest to WQA members, water infrastructure. Read more about it.

PFAS

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a large family of man-made chemicals that contain carbon, fluorine, and other elements. These chemicals have been in use since the 1940s and are found in a variety of products including firefighting foams, household products such as non-stick cookware, food packaging, and stain and water repellants. They are called “forever chemicals” because they resist degradation, meaning they accumulate in the environment over time. Read more about it.

301 Tariffs

WQA joined Americans for Free Trade (AFT), a coalition of more than 100 businesses and trade associations that have come together to advocate for relief from the Section 301 tariffs. WQA’s partnership with AFT will enable the association to work with like-minded organizations to advocate for tariff relief, enhancing WQA’s advocacy efforts. WQA signed on to an AFT letter (LINK TO LETTER FROM THIS TEXT) that offered to assist the International Trade Commission (ITC) in their investigation of the economic impact of the Section 301 tariffs on Americans.

EPA Lead & Copper Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in December of 2021 moved forward with the implementation of the Trump Administration’s Lead & Copper Rule Revisions (LCRR). The agency’s review of the rule highlighted notable areas for further support including Lead Service-Line Replacement (LSLR); Re-evaluation of compliance sampling; Action & Trigger Levels; and analyzing the LCRR implementation through an environmental justice perspective.

Although EPA intends to propose further revisions to the rule through the Lead and Copper Rule Improvements (LCRI), the agency’s implementation of the LCRR will bring significant changes that affect the water treatment industry.

EPA Lead-Free Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has published its long-awaited final rule on the “Use of Lead-Free Pipes, Fittings, Fixtures, Solder and Flux for Drinking Water.”

This rule is aimed at protecting public health, especially children’s health, from the risks associated with lead exposure. Lead is known to be introduced into drinking water by corrosion of plumbing products and components of public water systems (pipes, fittings, fixtures, solder, and flux). 

State Affairs

California SAFER law

The Water Quality Association and the Pacific Water Quality Association (PWQA) support the Safe and Affordable Funding for Equity and Resilience program (SAFER) to provide solutions for water treatment systems in California, especially those serving disadvantaged communities


California’s Proposition 65

Proposition 65 – Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act – is a California state regulation that requires businesses to provide warnings on products or in establishments about significant exposures to chemicals, listed under Proposition 65, that cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm. The intent is by requiring this information is provided, the public can make informed decisions about their exposure to these chemicals.

In addition, proposition 65 prohibits California businesses from knowingly discharging significant amounts of listed chemicals into sources of drinking water