The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law or BIL) was signed into legislation on November 15, 2021, and the identifies the deadline for compliance as May 14, 2022. This law will provide $1.2T in funds to update our nation’s infrastructure and includes $55B in funds to the water and wastewater sector. This represents a generational opportunity to expand and upgrade our nation’s water resources as a major component of President Biden’s “Build Back Better” infrastructure agenda.
Included in the Law, is the Build American, Buy America Act (BABA) requiring domestic manufacture of iron and steel, manufactured products, and construction materials. This statutorily directs federal funded projects (both under IIJA as well future federal infrastructure funding) to comply with Buy America(n) requirements that were previously largely exempted in the water sector for manufactured products. Under BABA, compliant manufactured products means:
(i) the manufactured product was manufactured in the United States, and
(ii) the cost of the components of the manufactured product that are mined, produced, or manufactured in the United States is greater than 55 percent of the total cost of all components of the manufactured product
Hydro-Dyne is actively following this to confirm compliance and receiving guidance from the Office of Management and Budget, the Made in America Office Director and the Environmental Protection Agency as this legislation is applied to applicable federally funded projects. How this will be enforced is still being clarified and many manufacturers are working to understand the implications of these requirements.
What is clear is that we are uniquely positioned to meet requirements with ALL design, engineering, manufacturing, assembly and testing of our equipment performed at our Clearwater, Florida corporate headquarters and production facility.
Hydro-Dyne’s products – including all screening, screening handling and grit removal equipment – are classified as manufactured products, and we are certain we will comply with the requirements of this legislation as it is currently written, without waiting for waivers and potential exemptions.
We will continue to monitor this closely as it relates to our company, as well as others in our market, and our ability to meet the requirements of the IIJA/BIL and BABA policies. As virtually all of our domestic municipal projects will fall under these funding sources, we can assure all of our products are compliant, and they will likely be so without any deviations from our standard supply or increases in costs and delivery time.
Upon request, Hydro-Dyne can provide a compliance certificate to customers stating we will meet the requirements. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
Jay R. Conroy