H. R. 3949
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 24, 2019
Ms. Meng introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce
To amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to provide for drinking water fountain replacement in playgrounds and parks, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Safe Drinking Water in Playgrounds and Parks Act.
Drinking water fountain replacement for playgrounds and parks
Playgrounds and parks owned by schools
Section 1465(b) of the Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. 300j–25(b)) is amended—
in paragraph (1), by inserting
, including in playgrounds and parks owned or administered by schools after
in paragraph (2), by inserting
including in playgrounds and parks owned or administered by such schools, after
Public playgrounds or parks
Part F of the Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. 300j–21 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:
Drinking water fountain replacement in public playgrounds and parks
Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this section, the Administrator shall establish a grant program to provide assistance to States and municipalities for the replacement, in playgrounds or parks owned by States or municipalities, of drinking water fountains manufactured prior to 1988.
Use of Funds
Funds awarded under the grant program—
shall be used to pay the costs of replacement of drinking water fountains in playgrounds or parks owned by a State or municipality receiving such funds; and
may be used to pay the costs of monitoring and reporting of lead levels in the drinking water of playgrounds or parks owned by a State or municipality receiving such funds, as determined appropriate by the Administrator.
In awarding funds under the grant program, the Administrator shall give priority to projects and activities that benefit an underserved community or a disadvantaged community.
Authorization of appropriations
There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $5,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2020 through 2025.
Section 1461 of the Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. 300j–21) is amended by adding at the end the following:
disadvantaged community has the meaning given such term in section 1452(d)(3).
Playground or park
playground or park means an indoor or outdoor park, building, site, or other facility, including any parking lot appurtenant thereto, that is intended for recreation purposes.
underserved community has the meaning given such term in section 1459A.