Utility Contractor

NOV-DEC 2018

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16 Utility Contractor | November/December 2018 GROUNDBREAKING NEWS America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 was signed into law by President Donald J. Trump on Oct. 23. The U.S. wa- ter infrastructure sector is lauding it as an important step forward in the nation's efforts to fund the renewal of aging water infrastructure. The measure moved on to the President's desk following its passage in the Senate in early October by a nearly unani- mous vote of 99-1. The legislation, also known as S. 3021, reauthorizes the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund for the first time since 2003. The three-year authorization more than doubles the loan program's authorized spending to $1.95 billion by the third year. NUCA applauds House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster, Ranking Member Peter DeFazio, Sen- ate Environment and Public Works Chairman John Barras- so, Ranking Member Tom Carper, House Energy and Com- merce Chairman Greg Walden, and Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr., for recognizing the need for water infrastructure investment and their efforts to make this bipartisan legisla- tion happen. "NUCA is excited to see that Congress, after months of negotiations, came together to address water infrastructure needs," said NUCA CEO Bill Hillman. "We are especially happy that long-time NUCA priorities, such as the reautho- rization of the DWSRF program, were included in this legis- lation," Hillman said. America's Water Infrastructure Act is a combination of reg- ular, two-year Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) legislation and a Safe Drinking Water Act bill that the House produced. The legislation authorizes EPA's Water Infrastruc- ture Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) for two more years and removes its pilot designation, according to AWWA. "The reauthorization of WIFIA at $50 million – and the fact that it is no longer a 'pilot' – is a significant milestone for the program and a great victory for the entire water sector," said AWWA CEO David LaFrance. "AWWA's members can be proud of their work to elevate the issue of water infra-structure renew- al, craft a workable solution, and then refine and fund it." AWWA's 2012 Buried No Longer report found that an ad- ditional $1 billion would be required over a 25-year period to repair and expand the U.S. water infrastructure. WIFIA provides low interest federal loans for large water infrastruc- ture projects. NACWA also commended both the House and Senate for their strong collaboration throughout the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) process to ensure the inclusion of several bipartisan provisions that are important to the mu- nicipal clean water sector. "This legislation reinforces the critical role that municipal water infrastructure plays in communities all across the na- tion, as well as the need for robust federal funding to help support this infrastructure," said NACWA's Adam Krantz. Trump Signs Industry-Backed, Bipartisan Water Infrastructure Bill The National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) an- nounced that Major Dan Rooney, USAF (ret.), will be the keynote speaker at the NUCA Annual Convention and Ex- hibit, March 14-16, 2019, in Naples, Florida. Major Ronney's keynote will take place on Saturday, March 16th from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. The topic is "CAVU: Ceiling and Visibility Unrestricted – Your Ascent to Great- ness." CAVU is a fighter pilot term to describe the perfect flying conditions. Major Rooney's captivating stories from his personal journey demonstrate a path to achieving CAVU in your life. He inspires and challenges us to become our best self. Clearly identifying strategies to help you climb to the highest levels in your life professionally and personally. From fairways to supersonic fighter jets his life lessons act as incredible force multipliers for his audience. His high speed, low drag delivery pushes the envelope of human emotion. You will leave the room a better person with a vector to achieve greatness. In his decorated career, Major Rooney has: served as an F-16 fighter pilot in the USAF with 3 combat tours in Iraq; was a PGA professional golfer; has acted as a patriotic phi- lanthropist by founding Folds of Honor – which raised over $100 million and awarded over 13,000 scholarships to the family members of KIA or disabled soldiers; was the motiva- tional speaker for two U.S. Ryder Cup teams; is a FOX News contributor; and is the author of A Patriot's Calling: Living Life Between Fear and Faith. For his service and patriotism, Rooney was presented the White House "Presidential Volunteer Service Award" by President George W. Bush, the Air National Guard "Directors Service Award," and the Ellis Island "Medal of Honor." Addi- tionally, he has been recognized numerous times by both the PGA and news media for his heroism and accomplishments. To register, visit www.nuca.com. NUCA Announces Keynote Speaker for Annual Convention And Exhibit

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