New water bill passed in hopes of helping environment

According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1732, the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act of 2015, by a vote of 261 to 155. 

The legislation was created to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from increasing federal jurisdiction and making changes to U.S. waterways and wetlands without going through a set process first.

"This legislation would prevent a federal land grab that would raise housing costs and harm conservation, water quality, job growth and economic development," said NAHB Chairman Tom Woods.

The new protection act will require the EPA and the Army Corps to withdraw their already proposed rules and develop a new plan by consulting state and local government officials. Any changes must be based on collaboration between stakeholders, as well as having sound economic and scientific analysis. 

Proponents of the Army Corps and EPA plans felt that their changes would cause higher home prices, increased federal power over private property and delays in timely decisions.

The water in and around your home used for drinking, bathing and other activities can cause serious health issues if contaminated. If you're buying a new home or are selling your current home, checking the water in the pipes or from a nearby well is a vital component of the process. 

In addition to a lender possibly requiring the passing of a water test before receiving approval on a loan, private wells should always be tested just in case. Testing for bacteria, nitrates, lead and nitrites could save money and prevent dangerous health conditions in the future. 

Alban inspectors are accredited to collect water in all states, and our laboratories are nationally accredited. To learn more about our home inspection cost or to schedule an energy audit with our home inspection company, visit our website.