H. R. 3745
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
June 8, 2021
Ms. Sewell (for herself and Mr. Babin) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to establish a decentralized wastewater grant program, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Decentralized Wastewater Grant Act of 2021.
Decentralized wastewater grant program
Title II of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1281 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:
Grants for construction, repair, or replacement of individual household decentralized wastewater treatment systems
In this section, the term eligible individual means a member of a household, the members of which have a combined income (for the most recent 12-month period for which information is available) equal to not more than 50 percent of the median nonmetropolitan household income for the State in which the household is located, according to the most recent decennial census.
The Administrator shall establish a program to provide a grant to a qualified nonprofit organization, as determined by the Administrator, to provide a subgrant to an eligible individual—
for the construction, repair, or replacement of an individual household decentralized wastewater treatment system;
if the eligible individual resides in a household that could be cost-effectively connected to an available publicly owned treatment works, for the connection of the household of the eligible individual to the publicly owned treatment works; or
for the installation of a larger decentralized wastewater system designed to provide treatment for 2 or more households in which eligible individuals reside, if—
site conditions at the households are unsuitable for the installation of an individually owned decentralized wastewater system;
multiple examples of unsuitable site conditions exist in close geographic proximity to each other; and
a larger decentralized wastewater system could be cost-effectively installed.
In awarding subgrants under this section, a qualified nonprofit organization that receives a grant under this section shall give priority to—
an eligible individual who does not have access to a functioning sanitary sewage disposal system; and
a group of eligible individuals that do not have access to a functioning sanitary sewage disposal system.
To be eligible to receive a grant under this section, a qualified nonprofit organization shall submit to the Administrator an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Administrator may require.
Authorization of appropriations
There is authorized to be appropriated to the Administrator to carry out this section $50,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2022 through 2026.
Limitation on use of funds
Of the amounts made available for grants under paragraph (1), not more than 2 percent may be used to pay the administrative costs of the Administrator.
Water pollution control revolving loan funds
Section 603 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1383) is amended—
in subsection (c)—
in paragraph (10), by adding
and at the end;
in paragraph (11)(B), by striking
; and at the end and inserting a period; and
by striking paragraph (12); and
by striking subsection (j).
No reporting requirement
Section 4107 of the America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 (Public Law 115–270; 132 Stat. 3877) is amended by striking subsection (b).