The US House Appropriations Committee, the committee that handles budget process and review, decided to cut for water infrastructure and water quality programs.
This means that the spending by E.P.A., which includes oversight of city and town water filtration, has been cut.
The Department of the Interior, the U.S. Forest Service, and about 20 other agencies is also lower.
The EPA takes the brunt of the cuts, seeing its funding cut by 17 percent compared to fiscal year 2012.
This means that individuals should take care to make sure their water supply is clean and drinkable.
|Program||Fiscal Year 2012 (in million $US)||FY2013 President’s Proposal||FY2013 House Committee|
|Clean Water State Revolving Fund||1,466||1,175||689|
|Drinking Water State Revolving Fund||917||850||829|
|Geographic Programs (Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay, etc.)||409||411||346|
|Great Lakes Restoration Initiative||299||300||250|
|Land and Water Conservation Fund||322||450||66|
|U.S. Geological Survey (surveys, investigations, and research)||1,068||1,102||967|
A spokesman for a group called the cuts to the state revolving funds “outrageous,” especially when much of the water infrastructure in the U.S. is in dire need of repair and replacement.
The committee, on the other hand, has said that continuing to allocate money to the revolving funds through the appropriation process is “simply unsustainable given ever-growing needs.” It will instead look for other ways to provide long-term support.
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