DALLAS — Water groups and state and local officials are already urging members of Congress to amend a new federal loan program for infrastructure projects to allow tax-exempt bonds to be used in conjunction with the financial assistance.

The Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act, included in the Water Resources Reform and Development Act Congress passed that President Obama is expected to sign this week, provides $350 million of low-cost loans and credit enhancement for ports, inland waterways, and water supply and treatment infrastructure projects in a five-year pilot program.

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