DENVER -- The U.S. Senate today (December 17) passed HR3588, the Community Fire Safety Act, on unanimous consent. The bill passed earlier in December in the U.S. House on a vote of 384-0. Once signed into law by President Obama, HR3588 would exempt fire hydrants from compliance with the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act.
American Water Works Association Executive Director David LaFrance issued the following statement on today’s events:
'The American Water Works Association applauds the U.S. Senate for its swift action in passing the Community Fire Safety Act, H.R. 3588 through unanimous consent. Our elected leaders have done great service for their communities, and we are optimistic that President Obama will sign the bill into law.
'We also are grateful to the many voices in the water community and beyond who joined with AWWA in bringing this issue to U.S. Congress over the past few weeks. Their willingness to raise their voices has made all the difference.
'The Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act was not intended to cover fire hydrants. Our elected leaders have arrived at a common sense decision that will save valuable time and resources for water utilities and equipment manufacturers -- costs that ultimately would be borne by water consumers.'
Established in 1881, the American Water Works Association is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. With approximately 50,000 members, AWWA provides solutions to improve public health, protect the environment, strengthen the economy and enhance our quality of life.