A new bill introduced by Minnesota Rep. Al Franken would allow hotels and restaurants to pay for water treatment for their own water tanks, showers and other water fixtures.
The measure would allow the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to collect and report data on water usage for every hotel and restaurant in the state.
The agency has a pilot program that requires hotels to pay $10 for every tank, shower or other water fixture they install.
It’s estimated to save hotel and restaurants millions of dollars.
The new bill is the latest in a string of measures to help cities and counties deal with water issues.
It comes on the heels of a federal appeals court ruling that the Clean Water Act does not allow the federal government to impose water restrictions for public water systems.
The legislation would allow for cities to apply for waivers that would allow them to pay water costs to private companies, and it would allow cities to charge water rates for water usage.
The legislation also allows for the state to collect data about the water usage of a hotel and other public facilities.
It’s the latest example of how the Trump administration is trying to make changes to the way the government does business, with a variety of proposed rules and regulations.
For more on how cities and states are dealing with water, watch the video above.
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