Congress will have a chance in the coming weeks to consider two pieces of legislation aimed at increasing investment in water infrastructure, including through bonds and public-private partnerships.

A draft of the new Water Resources Development Act crafted by Senate Environment and Public Works Committee chairman Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., includes a pilot program that would offer low-interest loans and loan guarantees for water infrastructure projects. Modeled on the highway-focused Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act, or TIFIA, the new program, called WIFIA, would be authorized at $250 million over five years

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