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H.R. 3949: Safe Drinking Water in Playgrounds and Parks Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jul 24, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3949

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 24, 2019

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

A BILL

To amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to provide for drinking water fountain replacement in playgrounds and parks, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Safe Drinking Water in Playgrounds and Parks Act.

2.

Drinking water fountain replacement for playgrounds and parks

(a)

Playgrounds and parks owned by schools

Section 1465(b) of the Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. 300j–25(b)) is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (1), by inserting , including in playgrounds and parks owned or administered by schools after schools; and

(2)

in paragraph (2), by inserting including in playgrounds and parks owned or administered by such schools, after such funds,.

(b)

Public playgrounds or parks

(1)

Grant program

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:

1466.

Drinking water fountain replacement in public playgrounds and parks

(a)

Establishment

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.

(b)

Use of Funds

Funds awarded under the grant program—

(1)

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

(2)

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.

(c)

Priority

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.

(d)

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.

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(2)

Definitions

Section 1461 of the Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. 300j–21) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(8)

Disadvantaged community

The term disadvantaged community has the meaning given such term in section 1452(d)(3).

(9)

Playground or park

The term 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.

(10)

Underserved community

The term underserved community has the meaning given such term in section 1459A.

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