The Healthy Drinking Water Affordability Act, also known as the Healthy H2O Act, has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill, which has received bipartisan support, aims to improve drinking water in rural communities.
Reps. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and David Rouzer (R-NC) co-sponsored the legislation, which authorizes a new grant program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture that would cover costs of water quality testing and the purchase, installation and maintenance of POU/POE water filtration products certified by an ANSI-accredited body. Funding would go directly to individuals, licensed child-care facilities, non-profits, and local governments.
More information on the bill, including the full text of the legislation and a one-page explainer sheet, is available at wqa.org/healthyh2O.