Plumbing Manufacturers International Applauds Signing of Historic Infrastructure Investment Program
WASHINGTON–(COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) congratulates Congress on coming together to adopt the historic, bipartisan infrastructure package, which was enacted by President Joe Biden yesterday.
PMI CEO / Executive Director Kerry Stackpole said PMI welcomes the passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), HR 3684, the country’s largest infrastructure investment in decades. “The law sets in motion critical steps to modernize our country’s aging infrastructure and includes significant investments in our drinking water supply and sanitation systems,” Stackpole said. âInvesting and modernizing our country’s infrastructure is essential to the country’s long-term economic growth and will significantly improve access to clean water and improved sanitation.
The IIJA makes generational investments of over $ 550 billion in new spending for priorities such as water infrastructure, roads, highways, bridges, ports, airports, railways, public transportation. common, pollution mitigation, as well as power grid upgrade, broadband, cybersecurity, and more.
The water infrastructure portion of the package includes more than $ 50 billion in funding for rural towns, as well as for Native American and underserved communities. PMI advocated for funding water efficiency, water conservation and reuse from the law, as well as significant improvements to water supply and wastewater systems to be covered. by law, in particular:
$ 48.4 billion over five years for spending on drinking water and wastewater.
$ 15 billion to support the replacement of main service lines.
Funding of $ 200 million to fight lead testing and sanitation in drinking water systems in schools and daycares.
$ 48 million for national water reuse programs and $ 1 billion for funding Western water reuse programs. It also creates an interagency working group on water reuse.
$ 400 million for water efficiency in western states through the Bureau of Reclamation’s Water Smart Grants Program.
$ 10 billion to help drinking water and sanitation systems tackle emerging contaminants like PFAS and to enable the purchase of certified point-of-entry or point-of-use filters and filtrations that will help to remove harmful contaminants from drinking water.
$ 3.5 billion for the construction of new sanitation facilities for Native American communities, including water, sewage and solid waste systems.
PMI thanks all the legislators in the House and Senate who voted for this vast array of infrastructure. “We look forward to the implementation of the IIJA, which will support major public works projects for the most needy water supply systems and provide jobs and economic growth at a critical time,” Stackpole said. . âWe commend President Biden for his efforts to make better reconstruction and infrastructure renewal the centerpiece of his administration’s first year in office. ”
About Plumbing Manufacturers International
Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) is the trade association of plumbing product manufacturers that produce over 90% of plumbing products in the United States, represent over 150 iconic brands, and develop safe, reliable and innovative plumbing technologies that are economical. in water. PMI members contribute more than 464,000 jobs and an $ 85.5 billion economic impact on the US economy.
With a vision of safe and responsible plumbing – always, PMI advocates the performance of plumbing products contributing to water efficiency and savings, sustainability, public health and safety, and consumer satisfaction. PMI members manufacture water-efficient toilets, urinals, faucets, shower heads and other products at more than 70 locations across the country and market them online and in more than 24,000 home improvement stores , hardware stores and showrooms in all 50 states. For more information on PMI, contact the organization at 1750 Tysons Blvd., Ste. 1500, McLean, Virginia, 22102; Phone. : 847-481-5500. www.safeplumbing.org