WASHINGTON, D.C. – At a hearing of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works today, U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) highlighted her bipartisan Water Infrastructure Flexibility Act.

This legislation would provide local communities with increased flexibility when complying with Clean Water Act requirements for updates to water infrastructure projects. The bill would also give communities more autonomy as they prioritize and plan for wastewater and stormwater investments. With this added flexibility, communities, like Omaha, would be able to lower utility bills for residents.

In October 2017, the Senate passed Fischer’s bipartisan Water Infrastructure Flexibility Act, which she introduced with Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Ben Cardin (D-Md.). This bipartisan measure is included in the EPW Committee’s version of Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2018. Fischer hopes to see this provision maintained in the final bill.

Click here to read more on the Senate’s passage of the Water Infrastructure Flexibility Act.