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Water Environment Federation

Please reach out to your Members of Congress in support  of S. 3046, the Wastewater Treatment and Efficiency Act of 2019 (WET Act), and urge your Members to support this legislation!

If passed, S. 3046 will provide essential funding and technical resources to assist Water Resource Recovery Facilities (WRRFs) capture and use the considerable energy available in municipal wastewater. S. 3046 will support our nation’s critical sustainability goals to reduce fossil fuels usage and recover resources.

The WET Act requires the Department of Energy (DOE) to establish a Water and Energy Efficiency Program. Under the program, the DOE will award grants to certain small public wastewater treatment facilities that serve disadvantaged communities or populations that do not exceed 10,000. The facilities must use the grants to conduct energy efficiency audits of the facilities and update equipment based on the audits, such as install anaerobic digesters to generate biogas to be used to power wastewater treatment operations.

In addition, DOE will have the authority to provide loan guarantees to eligible municipalities and Indian tribes for (1) projects that convert waste in the treatment process of wastewater treatment facilities into renewable fuels, biosolids, or other byproducts; and (2) projects that will assist in transitioning facilities towards the use of energy-efficient technologies.  After being introduced in mid-December by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), S. 3046 was sent to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee where it awaits consideration.

Ask your Members right away to join with you to achieve meaningful progress in resource recovery from municipal wastewater!

Reach out to your Members of Congress today!

Water Environment Federation

Please reach out to your Members of Congress in support  of S. 3046, the Wastewater Treatment and Efficiency Act of 2019 (WET Act), and urge your Members to support this legislation!

If passed, S. 3046 will provide essential funding and technical resources to assist Water Resource Recovery Facilities (WRRFs) capture and use the considerable energy available in municipal wastewater. S. 3046 will support our nation’s critical sustainability goals to reduce fossil fuels usage and recover resources.

The WET Act requires the Department of Energy (DOE) to establish a Water and Energy Efficiency Program. Under the program, the DOE will award grants to certain small public wastewater treatment facilities that serve disadvantaged communities or populations that do not exceed 10,000. The facilities must use the grants to conduct energy efficiency audits of the facilities and update equipment based on the audits, such as install anaerobic digesters to generate biogas to be used to power wastewater treatment operations.

In addition, DOE will have the authority to provide loan guarantees to eligible municipalities and Indian tribes for (1) projects that convert waste in the treatment process of wastewater treatment facilities into renewable fuels, biosolids, or other byproducts; and (2) projects that will assist in transitioning facilities towards the use of energy-efficient technologies.  After being introduced in mid-December by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), S. 3046 was sent to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee where it awaits consideration.

Ask your Members right away to join with you to achieve meaningful progress in resource recovery from municipal wastewater!