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house Bill H.R. 3582

A Trust Fund for Clean Water

Argument in favor

Deficit neutral. A move towards helping a part of American infrastructure currently running at an $8 billion annual deficit.

Argument opposed

If businesses choose not to opt in to the program, the fund may not pack much of a fiscal punch, and could lead to a federal water tax.

bill Progress

  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Environment and Climate Change
      Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
      Water Resources and Environment
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedNovember 21st, 2013

What is House Bill H.R. 3582?

This bill would establish a federal trust fund to aid states in replacing, repairing or updating wastewater treatment facilities. According to the National Association of Clean Water Agencies,

makers of water-based beverages and flushable products could opt to put a clean water logo on their products in exchange for a 3-cent [per label] fee. The revenue from this fee would go towards a Water Infrastructure Investment Trust Fund, of which 85 percent would go towards replenishing the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and the remaining 15 percent would fund a Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Authority to provide low-cost capital to clean water infrastructure projects. 


The bill impacts funding solutions for clean water infrastructure.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3582

While a CBO cost is currently unavailable, the bill's sponsors have stated that the legislation would be deficit neutral.

More Information


Water Trust Fund Act of 2013

Official Title

To establish a Water Infrastructure Investment Trust Fund, and for other purposes.