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WESTERVILLE, Ohio -- The National Ground Water Association
(NGWA) supports two pieces of proposed legislation now pending before
Congress that would assist consumers as they make choices about their
source of drinking water.
H.R. 3865, sponsored by Congressman Richard Pombo from California,
would help ensure that consumers have a choice in drinking water
sources. Ohio Congressman John Boehner's H.R. 3910 seeks to authorize
the use of federal funds to install, refurbish, or service
individually-owned household well systems.
Congressman Pombo's proposal prohibits the use of federal funds
for any program that restricts the use of any privately owned water
source. In some localities, ordinances are being put in place
requiring connection to long-pipe water supply systems even when a
safe household water well is already available.
A recent national survey sponsored by NGWA showed that more than
80 percent of well owners prefer their individual household water
well systems to other drinking water delivery options. Only 8.3
percent said they would rather have their drinking water from a water
utility company. This bill ensures that federally funded projects
respect consumer choice unless a specific health risk is found that
necessitates connection to a public water system, the organization
Additionally, Ohio Congressman John Boehner's H.R. 3910, the
Affordable Drinking Water Act of 2000, seeks to authorize the use of
federal funds to install, refurbish, or service individually-owned
househol d well systems. The government, working with nonprofit
entities, would help low- to moderate-income individuals obtain
financing. Government support would allow homeowners of modest means
to bring old household well systems up to current standards, replace
systems that have met their expected life, or install new wells.
Convenient, government-subsidized financing would allow well owners
to pay for new or upgraded individual water well systems with
convenient monthly payments, like other utility bills.
"It is my understanding," said Congressman Boehner, "that
organizations like the National Ground Water Association, a group
that has a long and distinguished record preserving and protecting
America's precious groundwater resources, strongly endorses this
legislation. It is my hope that other organizations and communities
that support common sense, innovative approaches to providing
affordable, safe water to rural Americans will also endorse the
Affordable Drinking Water Act of 2000."
In supporting development and maintenance of household well
systems, both bills could provide savings for taxpayers by
discouraging unnecessary long-pipe projects, according to the NGWA.
For more information on these bills, visit the NGWA Web site at
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