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                                                 Union Calendar No. 247

104th CONGRESS

  2d Session

                               H. R. 2747

                          [Report No. 104-515]

_______________________________________________________________________

                                 A BILL

 To direct the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to 
 make grants to States for the purpose of financing the construction, 
rehabilitation, and improvement of water supply systems, and for other 
                               purposes.

_______________________________________________________________________

                             March 29, 1996

  Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole 
       House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed
                                                 Union Calendar No. 247
104th CONGRESS
  2d Session
                                H. R. 2747

                          [Report No. 104-515]

 To direct the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to 
 make grants to States for the purpose of financing the construction, 
rehabilitation, and improvement of water supply systems, and for other 
                               purposes.


_______________________________________________________________________


                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                            December 7, 1995

 Mr. Shuster (for himself, Mr. Oberstar, Mr. Boehlert, Mr. Borski, Mr. 
Clinger, Mr. Rahall, Mr. Petri, Mr. Lipinski, Mr. Wise, Mr. Traficant, 
   Mr. Hayes, Mr. Coble, Mr. Zeliff, Mr. Costello, Mr. Poshard, Mr. 
   Hutchinson, Mr. Cramer, Mr. Baker of California, Miss Collins of 
 Michigan, Ms. Norton, Mr. Horn, Mr. Franks of New Jersey, Ms. Danner, 
Mr. Blute, Mr. Quinn, Mrs. Fowler, Mr. Barcia, Mr. Ehlers, Mr. Bachus, 
Mr. Tucker, Ms. Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas, Mr. Wamp, Mr. Brewster, 
 Mr. Latham, Mr. LaTourette, Mr. Mascara, Mrs. Seastrand, Mr. LaHood, 
 Mr. Martini, and Mr. McHale) introduced the following bill; which was 
     referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

                             March 29, 1996

Additional sponsors: Mrs. Kelly, Mr. Clyburn, Mr. Young of Alaska, Mr. 
                         Minge, and Mr. Weller

                             March 29, 1996

  Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole 
       House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed
 [Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed 
                               in italic]
    [For text of introduced bill, see copy of bill as introduced on 
                           December 7, 1995]

_______________________________________________________________________

                                 A BILL


 
 To direct the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to 
 make grants to States for the purpose of financing the construction, 
rehabilitation, and improvement of water supply systems, and for other 
                               purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Water Supply Infrastructure 
Assistance Act of 1996''.

SEC. 2. PURPOSES.

    The purposes of this Act are as follows:
            (1) To provide grants for establishment of State revolving 
        funds for the purpose of providing financial and technical 
        assistance for the construction, rehabilitation, and 
        improvement of water supply systems, including treatment to 
        remove pollutants from navigable waters for the purpose of 
        making such waters usable by water supply systems and for 
        source water quality protection programs.
            (2) To provide for administrative efficiencies through 
        implementation of this Act relying on existing mechanisms of 
        State water pollution control revolving loan fund programs 
        established pursuant to title VI of the Federal Water Pollution 
        Control Act.

SEC. 3. LIMITATION ON STATUTORY CONSTRUCTION.

    Nothing in this Act shall be construed as affecting the 
requirements of title XIV of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 
300f-300j-9), commonly referred to as the Safe Drinking Water Act.

SEC. 4. DEFINITIONS.

    In this Act, the following definitions apply:
            (1) Administrator.--The term ``Administrator'' means the 
        Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
            (2) Disadvantaged community.--The term ``disadvantaged 
        community'' means the service area of a water supply system 
        with respect to which the average annual residential charges 
        for a user of the water supply system meet affordability 
        criteria established by the State in which the water supply 
        system is located (after providing for public review and 
        comment) in accordance with guidelines to be established by the 
        Administrator, in cooperation with the States.
            (3) Indian tribe.--The term ``Indian tribe'' has the 
        meaning such term has under section 518 of the Federal Water 
        Pollution Control Act and includes Alaska Native Villages and 
        former Indian reservations in Oklahoma.
            (4) Small water supply system.--The term ``small water 
        supply system'' means a water supply system that serves a 
        population of 10,000 or fewer.
            (5) State.--The term ``State'' means a State, the District 
        of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin 
        Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern 
        Mariana Islands, and the Trust Territory of the Pacific 
        Islands.
            (6) Water supply system.--The term ``water supply system'' 
        means a system for the provision to the public of piped water 
        for human consumption if such system has at least 15 service 
        connections or regularly serves at least 25 individuals and a 
        draw and fill system for the provision to the public of water 
        for human consumption. Such term does not include a for-profit 
        system that has fewer than 15 service connections used by year-
        round residents of the area served by the system or a for-
        profit system that regularly serves fewer than 25 year-round 
        residents and does not include a system owned by a Federal 
        agency. Such term includes (A) any collection, treatment, 
        storage, and distribution facilities under control of the 
        operator of such system and used primarily in connection with 
        such system, and (B) any collection or pretreatment facilities 
        not under such control that are used primarily in connection 
        with such system.

SEC. 5. GRANTS TO STATES.

    Subject to the provisions of this Act, the Administrator shall make 
grants to each State for the purpose of establishing a water supply 
infrastructure account in the State water pollution control revolving 
loan fund programs established pursuant to title VI of the Federal 
Water Pollution Control Act, if any, to provide assistance (1) for the 
construction, rehabilitation, and improvement of water supply systems, 
and (2) consistent with nonpoint source management programs established 
under section 319 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, for 
source water quality protection programs to address pollutants in 
navigable waters for the purpose of making such waters usable by water 
supply systems.

SEC. 6. GRANT AGREEMENTS.

    (a) General Rule.--To receive a grant with funds made available 
under section 13, a State shall enter into an agreement with the 
Administrator which shall include, but not be limited to, the 
specifications set forth in subsection (b) of this section.
    (b) Specific Requirements.--The Administrator shall enter into an 
agreement under this section with a State only after the State has 
established to the satisfaction of the Administrator that--
            (1) the State will accept grant payments with funds to be 
        made available under this Act and will deposit all such 
        payments in the water supply infrastructure account established 
        by the State in accordance with this Act;
            (2) if the State has a water pollution control revolving 
        fund established in accordance with title VI of the Federal 
        Water Pollution Control Act, the State will establish the water 
        supply infrastructure account as a separate account in such 
        fund;
            (3) the State will deposit in the water supply 
        infrastructure account from State moneys an amount equal to at 
        least 20 percent of the total amount of all grants which will 
        be made to the State with funds to be made available under 
        section 13 on or before (A) the date on which each grant 
        payment will be made to the State under this Act (other than 
        sections 14 and 15), or (B) September 30, 1998, in the case of 
        grant payments made from funds appropriated for fiscal years 
        1995, 1996, and 1997;
            (4) the State will enter into binding commitments to 
        provide assistance in accordance with this Act in an amount 
        equal to 120 percent of the amount of each such grant payment 
        within 1 year after the receipt of such grant payment;
            (5) the State will not make available any assistance from 
        the account unless the State has first determined that the 
        applicant--
                    (A) has adopted or will adopt a system of charges, 
                policies, and procedures to ensure that recipients of 
                financial assistance from the account are reasonably 
                likely to repay the assistance and will have adequate 
                resources to pay the cost of operation and maintenance 
                (including replacement) of the water supply system; and
                    (B) has or will have legal, institutional, 
                technical, managerial, and financial capability to 
                ensure adequate construction, operation, and 
                maintenance of water supply systems throughout the 
                applicant's jurisdiction;
            (6) the State will take such action as may be necessary to 
        ensure that construction, rehabilitation, and improvement of a 
        water supply system undertaken with funds directly made 
        available by grants under section 5 are carried out in the most 
        cost-effective manner, as determined by the State;
            (7) the State will take such action as may be necessary to 
        ensure that, after construction, rehabilitation, and 
        improvement of a water supply system undertaken with funds 
        directly made available by grants under section 5, such system 
        will provide water supply services at the most economical cost, 
        including consideration of water conservation measures, as 
        determined by the applicant; and
            (8) the State will make annual reports to the Administrator 
        on the actual use of funds in accordance with section 606(d) of 
        the Federal Water Pollution Control Act.

SEC. 7. INCORPORATION OF FWPCA BY REFERENCE.

    (a) General Rule.--The provisions of title VI of the Federal Water 
Pollution Control Act shall apply as provided in this Act to accounts 
established by States under this Act. For purposes of this Act, any 
reference to the Federal Water Pollution Control Act and to any section 
thereof shall be treated as a reference to such Act or section as in 
effect on the date of the enactment of this Act.
    (b) Types of Assistance.--
            (1) In general.--Section 603(d) of the Federal Water 
        Pollution Control Act shall apply to accounts established by 
        States under this Act to the same extent and in the same manner 
        as such section applies to water pollution control revolving 
        funds under such Act.
            (2) Exceptions for disadvantaged communities.--
                    (A) Term of loan.--Notwithstanding paragraph (1), 
                the repayment period referred to in section 
                603(d)(1)(A) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act 
                for a loan made from a State water supply 
                infrastructure account to a disadvantaged community 
                shall be the lesser of 40 years or the expected life of 
                the project to be financed with the proceeds of the 
                loan and the date for full loan amortization referred 
                to in section 603(d)(1)(B) of such Act shall be the 
                date of the expiration of the term of the loan.
                    (B) Negative interest rates.--In any case in which 
                the State is making a loan from its water supply 
                infrastructure account to a disadvantaged community, 
                the State may charge a negative annual interest rate of 
                not to exceed 2 percent to reduce the unpaid principal 
                of the loan. The aggregate amount of all such negative 
                interest rate loans the State makes in a fiscal year 
                shall not exceed 20 percent of the funds in the water 
                supply infrastructure account of the State.
            (3) Exception for district of columbia and territories.--In 
        the case of a water supply infrastructure account established 
        by the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the 
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Commonwealth of 
Puerto Rico, the Pacific Trust Territories, or the Virgin Islands, the 
account may be used directly by the State for construction, 
rehabilitation, and improvement of a water supply system.
    (c) Corrective Action.--Section 605 of the Federal Water Pollution 
Control Act shall apply to a State's agreement with the Administrator 
under this Act and to requirements of this Act to the same extent and 
in the same manner as such section applies to a State's agreement under 
section 602 of such Act and the requirements of title VI of such Act.
    (d) Audits, Reports, and Fiscal Controls.--Subsections (a), (b), 
(d), and (e) of section 606 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act 
shall apply to a State establishing an account under this Act and to 
such account to the same extent and in the same manner as such 
subsections apply to a State establishing a water pollution control 
revolving fund under title VI of such Act and to such fund.

SEC. 8. WATER SUPPLY INFRASTRUCTURE REVOLVING LOAN FUNDS.

    (a) Requirements for Obligation of Grant Funds.--Before a State may 
receive a grant with funds made available under section 13, the State 
shall first establish a water supply infrastructure account which 
complies with the requirements of this Act.
    (b) Administrator.--Each State water supply infrastructure account 
shall be administered by an instrumentality of the State with such 
powers and limitations as may be required to operate such account in 
accordance with the requirements and purposes of this Act.
    (c) Projects Eligible for Assistance.--The amounts of funds 
available to each State water supply infrastructure account shall be 
used only for providing financial assistance (1) for construction, 
rehabilitation, and improvement of water supply systems, and (2) 
consistent with nonpoint source management programs established under 
section 319 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act and subject to 
subsection (d)(3), for source water quality protection programs to 
address pollutants in navigable waters for the purpose of making such 

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