President Obama signs water bill into law

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama signed the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act into law Friday -- which has both short-term and long-term provisions related to addressing the crippling drought in California.

The bill also authorizes $170 million for communities facing drinking water emergencies, including funding for Flint, Michigan, to recover from the lead contamination in its drinking water system.

"Building on the work of previous Administrations, my Administration has worked closely with the State of California and other affected parties to address the critical elements of California's complex water challenges by accommodating the needs and concerns of California water users and the important species that depend on that same water," Obama said in a statement.

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