Congresswoman Matsui Introduces Legislation to Provide Federal Funding for Regional Water Recycling Project

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Washington, DC, February 10, 2015 | comments

Monday, February 9, 2015

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Congresswoman Matsui Introduces Legislation to Provide Federal Funding for Regional Water Recycling Project

Legislation would allow Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District to increase its water recycling programs

Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-06) introduced H.R. 796, legislation that would allow the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District (Regional San) to expand its water recycling programs by making a portion of its recycled water available for environmental or agriculture supply needs.  Congressmen John Garamendi (CA-03) and Ami Bera (CA-07) are cosponsors of this legislation.

“As California and the Central Valley face another dry year, a variety of sustainable approaches are needed to solve our state’s and region’s water challenges,” said Congresswoman Matsui.  “This legislation will allow Regional San to leverage federal investment to implement a water recycling project that will deliver benefits to the Delta and our region.  Projects such as this one will help our region conserve water in the future, and this legislation will help it become a reality.”

The legislation authored by Congresswoman Matsui will increase the wastewater recycling programs of SRCSD for habitat and agricultural purposes.  It would authorize the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to provide up to $30 million dollars through their Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act (Title XVI) to Regional San to build the required infrastructure.

“Regional San and the Sacramento community are enthusiastic to have Congresswoman Matsui’s leadership to address the region’s water quality and water supply reliability needs.  This legislation represents a vital step in our shared efforts to guarantee a safe and reliable supply of water, while considering the economic needs of our region,” stated Prabhakar Somavarapu, District Engineer for the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District.

"Sacramento Regional San is a leader in environmental stewardship and sustainability, and the South County Ag Recycled Water Project reflects that vision," stated Regional San Board Member and Sacramento County Supervisor, Don Nottoli.  "This bill will help leverage the huge investment made by our rate payers and assists Regional San in meeting its goal of protecting the Delta while implementing solutions which address federal, state and local objectives.”


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