WASHINGTON -- The Senate yesterday overwhelmingly approved legislation that would create a revolving loan program that states can use to finance construction and modernization of drinking water treatment systems.

The bill, which passed 95 to 3, would reauthorize the Safe Drinking Water Act for the next six years and authorize $1 billion a year for the state revolving loan program starting in fiscal 1995, which begins Oct. 1, and running through fiscal 2000.

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