US Senator Tammy Baldwin helps introduce improved drinking water legislation

July 19, 2018

Senator Tammy Baldwin

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and 11 other U.S. senators led by Senator Edward Markey (D-MA), reintroduced the Contaminant and Lead Electronic Accounting and Reporting Requirements (CLEARR) for Drinking Water Act. The CLEARR Drinking Water Act authorizes about $1 billion for small and disadvantaged communities to replace contaminated infrastructure and directs for the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) to establish requirements for electronic reporting of water quality testing results, update the requirements for repeat or serious offending water systems and create a system so that residents can request in-home water quality tests from the EPA and receive the test results in an expedited manner. “Safe drinking water is a priority for every community and is essential to the economic health of Wisconsin’s communities,” said Senator Baldwin. “Too often though, small and underserved communities lack the resources to solve our most pressing water challenges, including lead and other contaminants. That’s why I’m working to make sure that every community across Wisconsin has access to clean drinking water, and safe and reliable water infrastructure.”