A new piece of wastewater treatment legislation designed to spur innovation and accelerate technology development has been proposed in the Senate.
According to the office of U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin from Wisconsin, the author of the bill, the Water Technology Acceleration Act is meant to “incentivize the development and deployment of emerging water technologies to solve our most pressing water challenges, including lead safety, phosphorus reduction and treatment of bacteria and nitrates.”
Wisconsin is widely considered a leader in wastewater treatment technology, both in terms of research at institutions of higher education like the University of Wisconsin, and in the private sector.
As it stands, companies face too many barriers to deploying new and innovative wastewater treatment technologies that would improve how the state tests, monitors, treats and delivers water.
The bill would create a federal role to accelerate the commercialization of these technologies, which include everything from new systems to address livestock runoff to sensor-equipped pipes that send alerts when water is contaminated or when water pressure drops.
According to National Association of Clean Water Agencies CEO Adam Krantz, “The clean water sector is moving rapidly toward transforming itself into a resource recovery sector that recycles nutrients, recovers water for reuse, and brings cutting-edge research and innovative technology to the market to create jobs and economic growth. Senator Baldwin’s bill will help accelerate this transformation to the Utility of the Future.”
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