The U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works worked to pass the $38 billion water infrastructure bill. Photo: U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

A bipartisan group of senators has introduced a water infrastructure bill seeking $38 billion over five years in provisional funding for the nation's cities and municipalities. The bill aims to address the aging water infrastructure and provide clean, healthy, safe, and secure water nationwide. The action has been announced by bill supporters Sens. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), James Jeffords (I-Vt.), Lincoln Chafee (R-R.I.), and Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.). The legislation updates and improves upon the clean water and safe drinking water revolving loan funds, provides targeted grant assistance, and includes incentives for innovative and non-traditional approaches to address water pollution.

“We know that the projected costs of water infrastructure will outstrip currently available funding sources by billions of dollars over the next 20 years,” said Clinton. “This bipartisan legislation will provide new funding to our cities and towns to help them clean up their lakes and streams and provide safe drinking water.” For more information, visit