Text: H.R.5837 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (05/16/2018)


115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 5837


To amend the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act to modify provisions relating to the household water well system grant program.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 16, 2018

Ms. Sewell of Alabama (for herself and Mr. Rogers of Alabama) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Agriculture


A BILL

To amend the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act to modify provisions relating to the household water well system grant program.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Rural Septic Tank Access Act”.

SEC. 2. Household water well system grant program modifications.

Section 306E of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act (7 U.S.C. 1926e) is amended—

(1) by striking the section designation and heading and inserting the following:

“SEC. 306E. Grants to nonprofit organizations for construction, refurbishing, and servicing of individually owned household water well systems and household decentralized wastewater systems in rural areas for individuals with low or moderate income”;

(2) in subsection (a), by striking “100 percent” and inserting “60 percent”;

(3) in subsection (b)—

(A) in paragraph (1)—

(i) by striking “loans” and inserting “subgrants”; and

(ii) by inserting “or household decentralized wastewater systems” after “water well systems”; and

(B) by striking paragraph (2) and inserting the following:

“(2) SUBGRANTS.—

“(A) AMOUNTS.—The amount of a subgrant provided to an eligible individual using grant funds under this section shall not exceed $20,000 for each water well system or decentralized wastewater system described in paragraph (1).

“(B) USE IN CASES OF WELL WATER CONTAMINATION.—In the event of well water contamination, the Secretary shall allow the use of a subgrant provided using grant funds under this section for the installation of water treatment measures as needed beyond the point of entry, with or without the installation of new well equipment.”;

(4) in subsection (c), by striking “productive use of individually-owned household water well systems” and inserting “effective use of individually owned household water well systems or household decentralized wastewater systems”; and

(5) in subsection (d), by striking “$5,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2014 through 2018” and inserting “$100,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2019 through 2023”.