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Murray Delivers Budget Win for JBLM Waste Water Treatment Project

Feb 13 2012

President's budget request includes $91 million for 'Net Zero' Waste Water Treatment Project

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray, Chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee and a member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee announced a budget win for Joint Base Lewis McChord. Part of the President’s Fiscal Year 2013 Budget includes $91 million for a new waste water treatment plant, which will replace their outdated current facility that was not meeting current EPA standards. The new plant, which will treat effluent to Class A drinking water standards, will also set the stage for reclaimed water usage in the future, allowing Joint Base Lewis McChord to try and reach ‘Net Zero Water’ by collecting and reusing the water consumed on base. ‘Net Zero’ is an Army program that encourages an installation reuses the water it consumes, which is a zero water strategy as the base balances water availability and ensures a sustainable water supply for years to come.

“This is a major victory for Joint Base Lewis McChord, which has a strong history as a leader in sustainability and is one of the  Army’s earliest adopters of sustainable practices and net zero concepts,” said Senator Murray. “I’m pleased the Administration has responded with the investment the community needs.”