A second attempt at federal legislation providing local communities with funds to meet EPA clean water mandates is being made in Washington.

On Wednesday, U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown and George Voinovich, both of Ohio, introduced the Clean Water Affordability Act. The bill proposes to provide $1.8 billion in grants to help "financially distressed communities" update water-related infrastructure over a five-year period.

Qualifying communities would also have to provide a 25 percent match to receive grant funds.

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