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Oct 10, 2018

Tester Puts Bill on Trump's Desk to Rebuild Montana's Water and Wastewater Infrastructure

Senator Works with Republicans and Democrats to Upgrade Water Systems and Establish Inspection Stations

(U.S. Senate)-U.S. Senator Jon Tester today helped pass legislation to rebuild Montana's aging water and wastewater infrastructure.

Tester worked with Republicans and Democrats to pass the Water Resources Development Act to upgrade water systems, establish watercraft inspection stations, and boost access to clean water in rural communities.

"Water is life," Tester said. "These resources will create good-paying construction jobs, boost Montanans access to clean drinking water, and upgrade our aging sewer systems. This bipartisan bill is the result of folks putting politics aside and doing what is best for rural America."

Tester specifically worked across the aisle to secure the following provisions in the Water Resources Development Act:

• Reauthorize and increase funding for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund from $1 billion to $1.95 billion. Montanans use this fund to rebuild municipal water and wastewater systems.
• Authorize $25 million annually for technical assistance for rural water and wastewater system managers.
• Establish a permanent water infrastructure loan initiative to ensure states and tribes have reliable credit and low rates to fund upgrades to local water systems.
• Authorize $110 million for watercraft inspection stations, including $30 million for the Columbia River Basin and $30 million for the Upper Missouri River Basin to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.
• Authorize the Blackfeet Tribe to access up to 50 percent of the funding for the Blackfeet Water Rights Settlement as Congress appropriates the funding.

The Water Resources Development Act passed the Senate 99-1.


Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.


Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768


Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647


Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586


Capital One Center
208 N Montana Avenue, Suite 202
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462


8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974


130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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