The Water Infrastructure Act (WRDA) - Helping to Rebuild America's Crumbling Infrastructure

June 28, 2018 Karli Langner

The Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 is “A bill to provide for the conservation and development of water and related resources, to authorize the Secretary of the Army to construct various projects for improvements to rivers and harbors of the United States, and for other purposes.” In layman’s terms, it is legislation that includes provisions to strengthen the water utility workforce and rebuild the crumbling water infrastructure.

The bill was passed in the Senate on May 22, 2018. Says Committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-Wyo), “This legislation will cut Washington red tape, create jobs, and grow our economy. America’s Water Infrastructure Act will increase water storage in the West, protect communities from dangerous floods, and upgrade old drinking water systems.”

The House unveiled their own bipartisan water infrastructure bill, the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2018, which will lead to an improved critical water resources infrastructure. The WRDA provides the Corps with the authorization to address and maintain America’s water infrastructure, including its ports, dams and flood resistance efforts.

Regardless of which bill is voted into law, concerns in the US for a crumbling infrastructure - not only water structures, but roads and bridges - parallels Trump’s vision to fix America's infrastructure. Some of the new directives within the Water Infrastructure Act and WRDA expedite critical ecosystem restoration efforts, such as building dams and reservoirs that improve the natural flow of water within certain areas. Upgrades to drinking water and wastewater systems will improve communities.

Increased funding will facilitate the design and construction of water resources that will benefit many areas of the country including within Indian territories. Dams will be upgraded or constructed. Drinking water systems and wastewater processing plants will be established.

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) and cement producers are urging congress to pass laws to maintain the nation’s water infrastructure. Said PCA President and CEO Michael Ireland, “Water infrastructure built with concrete is long-lived, has a low life-cycle cost and is resilient to man-made and natural disasters. We need this legislation to ensure our drinking water is safe, our waterways are navigable and secure, and that we have water infrastructure capable of serving generations to come.”

The increase in disasters that have occurred in the US, ranging from hurricanes to wildfires, shows how important a resilient infrastructure is for keeping communities safe. The water infrastructure legislation will help grow the construction market by encouraging the use of durable, strong materials like concrete.

Contact us to start on conversation about how we can do our part to help ensure that your concrete is strong and durable.

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