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House passes water bill

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a water bill that dedicates $19.4 billion to water and wastewater infrastructure on Thursday.

The bill, which also dedicates $13.8 billion to states water funds over 5 years, would create jobs, clean up the Great Lakes and help cities build wastewater systems, the StarTribune reported.

"The agenda for clean water is for this generation," Oberstar told StarTribune. "We have to manage it well."

The bill passed 317 to 101 and is a combination of five pieces of legislation that had passed in the House the previous year, but stalled when they reached the Senate, according to Reuters.

The bill would require states to provide principal forgiveness and negative-interest loans when working with water projects in low income communities, Reuters reported.

The other three pieces of legislation include another $2.5 billion in grants for sewer overflows, $250 million for alternative water source projects and $750 million for cleaning up the pollution within the Great Lakes. Reuters