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Support $5 million for the National Priorities Water Research Grant Program in FY 2019!

Water Environment Federation

Over the last five years, Congress’s support of the National Priorities Water Research program has advanced the water science research through applied, extramural research projects. This successful program provides direct benefit to water sector utilities through increased knowledge, tools, and models that can improve public health outcomes and lower costs for municipalities. However, more funding is needed.

In the Senate version of the minibus appropriations measure (H.R. 6147), which includes EPA funding, the National Priorities Water Research grant program will receive $5 million.  The House bill funds the program at $4.1 million – which is level to FY18 funding. 

The slight increase in funding for this competitive grant program will help support transformative research approaches that will enable the water sector to respond to current and future challenges. Since 2012, Congress supported the National Priorities Water Research grant program by providing approximately $4 million per year in EPA’s Science and Technology Account. Extramural research enables Federal agencies to focus research on the most pressing national needs of the water sector.  Even a slight increase to $5 million can make a difference.

Future investment in early-stage, transformative technologies is also needed to allow the sector to grow and adapt. National Priorities Water Research not only benefits the water sector, it also benefits the economy. A recent report from the Value of Water Campaign shows that water infrastructure innovation and investment have the potential to add $220 billion to the economy and support 1.3 million jobs.

Please support $5 million for the National Priorities Water Research Grant Program in FY 2019!

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Support $5 million for the National Priorities Water Research Grant Program in FY 2019!

Water Environment Federation

Over the last five years, Congress’s support of the National Priorities Water Research program has advanced the water science research through applied, extramural research projects. This successful program provides direct benefit to water sector utilities through increased knowledge, tools, and models that can improve public health outcomes and lower costs for municipalities. However, more funding is needed.

In the Senate version of the minibus appropriations measure (H.R. 6147), which includes EPA funding, the National Priorities Water Research grant program will receive $5 million.  The House bill funds the program at $4.1 million – which is level to FY18 funding. 

The slight increase in funding for this competitive grant program will help support transformative research approaches that will enable the water sector to respond to current and future challenges. Since 2012, Congress supported the National Priorities Water Research grant program by providing approximately $4 million per year in EPA’s Science and Technology Account. Extramural research enables Federal agencies to focus research on the most pressing national needs of the water sector.  Even a slight increase to $5 million can make a difference.

Future investment in early-stage, transformative technologies is also needed to allow the sector to grow and adapt. National Priorities Water Research not only benefits the water sector, it also benefits the economy. A recent report from the Value of Water Campaign shows that water infrastructure innovation and investment have the potential to add $220 billion to the economy and support 1.3 million jobs.

Please support $5 million for the National Priorities Water Research Grant Program in FY 2019!