To enable needed drinking water standards, reduce lead in drinking water, plan for and address threats from climate change, terrorism, and source water contamination, invest in drinking water infrastructure, increase compliance with drinking water standards, foster greater community right to know about drinking water quality, and promote technological solutions for drinking water challenges.

Introduced in House
Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 2016

This bill amends the Safe Drinking Water Act to revise regulations for drinking
water contaminants, including by:

 * requiring the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to determine whether or
   not to regulate no fewer than 10 contaminants every 3 years (current law
   requires 5 contaminants every 5 years);
 * revising the process and requirements for setting maximum containment levels
   in national primary drinking water regulations;
 * directing the EPA to revise national primary drinking water regulations for
   lead and copper;
 * setting deadlines for the EPA to publish maximum contaminant level goals and
   promulgate national drinking water regulations for perchlorate,
   perfluorinated compounds, and microcystin (algal) toxin;
 * establishing grant programs for reducing lead in drinking water in schools;
 * requiring community water systems to assess their vulnerabilities to
   contamination, including vulnerabilities from climate change or sabotage, and
   develop plans for addressing those vulnerabilities;
 * establishing the Drinking Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Sustainability
   Program, under which the EPA may award grants for community water systems to
   increase their resiliency to those threats;
 * removing a regulatory exemption for hydraulic fracturing; 
 * requiring the EPA to develop a strategic plan for assessing and managing the
   risks of drought to drinking water provided by public water systems;
 * revising requirements for the drinking water state revolving fund (SRF);
 * creating a process for consolidating water systems that repeatedly fail to
   comply with drinking water standards;
 * requiring the EPA to create an inventory of data about drinking water
 * directing the EPA to revise regulations for consumer confidence reports;
 * establishing research grants for monitoring technology; and 
 * requiring the EPA to study the presence of pharmaceuticals and personal care
   products in drinking water sources. 

The bill reauthorizes specified programs under the Act, including reauthorizing
through FY2022 the SRF.



  • Referred to the Subcommittee on Environment.

    Feb 17th, 2017
  • Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

    Feb 15th, 2017
  • Introduced in House

    Feb 15th, 2017
  • Introduced in House

    Feb 15th, 2017