230403 Coalition BWIP24 House Sen Approps


April 03, 2023


Dear Chairs Murray and Granger, Vice Chair Collins, and Ranking Member DeLauro:

The undersigned organizations support increasing funding for the Environmental Protection Agency’s implementation of the Border Water Infrastructure Program (BWIP) to $100 million in the FY2024 Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill.

The North American Development Bank currently has unfunded applications of more than $350 million. A recent report by DigDeep and a coalition of NGOs and think tanks entitled Drainingunderscored that not closing the water access gap across the United States, including along the border, is costing the U.S. economy more than $8 billion annually. Investments like the BWIP will have a return on investment of more than 5 to 1. Congress must act now.

The BWIP protects both the public health of communities and the environment on both sides of the border. The Program funds essential drinking water and wastewater projects that would otherwise be financially unfeasible for local governments. The flow of sewerage across the border is a decades-old challenge and a priority for the business community that requires solutions from both Mexico and the United States.  The business community strongly supported the $300 million included in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement for the BWIP, and we applaud EPA and the U.S. government interagency for the process for selecting initial projects in the Tijuana River region. This is just a down payment and will align with the transformative Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act funding for the water sector. 

The Chamber, working with the state and local chambers listed below, includes member companies that can provide technologies, products, and services to drive development, leverage private investment, and implement needed projects. We strongly urge your support for legislation and other activities that provide critical BWIP funding and technical assistance for implementing infrastructure projects that address water pollution and wastewater challenges. Concrete actions and funding are long overdue.


U.S. Chamber of Commerce


Apache Junction Area Chamber of Commerce

Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce

Nogales Santa Cruz County Chamber of Commerce

Sierra Vista Area Chamber of Commerce

Springerville-Eagar Regional Chamber of Commerce

Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce



Coalition of California Chambers Orange County

Orange County Business Council

San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce

San Francisco Chamber of Commerce

San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce

San Ysidro Chamber of Commerce

USA Minority Chamber of Commerce

West Ventura County Business Alliance

New Mexico:

New Mexico Chamber of Commerce

Red River Chamber of Commerce


Del Rio Chamber of Commerce

Fulshear Katy Area Chamber of Commerce

McAllen Chamber of Commerce

South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce

Texas Association of Business

cc: Members of the Senate Committee on Appropriations

cc: Members of the House Committee on Appropriations

230403 Coalition BWIP24 House Sen Approps