On June 3, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 (WWRDA) was presented to President Obama after passing with bi-partisan support through both houses of Congress. Typically, the WWRDA is reauthorized every few years, but this marks the first time the legislation has been passed since 2007. This important legislation will fund infrastructure improvements to public water resources, including the implementation of corrosion protection to water pipes.
The WWRDA will also dramatically increase investment in U.S. public water infrastructure. In states like New Jersey, where the average age of underground water pipes is more than 70 years, this bill will go a long way to prevent the degradation and corrosion of invaluable national assets. The reauthorization will also lead to thousands of stable jobs, helping the long-term health of state economies across the nation.
NACE International, the world’s foremost professional organization in the corrosion control industry, lauded the bill for providing instrumental support and recommendations for the Army Corps of Engineers to advance key corrosion control measures in national infrastructures.
“This legislation provides businesses, Federal agencies, and the American public with clarity that there will be improvements to our waterway infrastructure for the foreseeable future,” said Bob Chalker, Chief Executive Officer of NACE International. “This is an important step forward.”
Cathodic Protection by Corrosion Engineering Experts
As water resources and infrastructure age, they fall at risk to the effects of corrosion. MATCOR, a Pennsylvania-based company specializing in cathodic protection products and corrosion engineering services, said it appreciated the steps taken by Congress to ensure the safety and viability of public pipelines.
“The passage of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act is a great step for public infrastructure in the US,” said Jeff Didas, pipelines practice lead for MATCOR. “In order to maintain the integrity of the public infrastructure in the United States, we must stay vigilant to prevent the constant threat of corrosion and wear.”
“NACE International is a global leader in corrosion prevention and we stand with them in congratulating Congress for passing this monumental piece of bipartisan legislation,” Didas said.
MATCOR provides a full range of corrosion protection services. Our staff of NACE certified specialists are experts in corrosion engineering and cathodic protection products. MATCOR leads the industry in cathodic protection services for detection, diagnosis and prevention of corrosion in pipelines.
Corrosion engineering can provide solutions to handle a full range of corrosion problems and unique situations. MATCOR has a suite of proprietary cathodic protection products and systems. Cathodic protection is a technique used to control the corrosion of a metal surface through the application of electric current.
“NACE International Applauds House and Senate Passage of Bipartisan Water Infrastructure Legislation,” press release, May 22, 2014.