With broad local support, momentum in D.C., sorely-needed clean water upgrades could become reality

The best time to start working on something long overdue is right now.
For years, Environment America, our national network and our allies have been pushing for upgrades to America’s crumbling water infrastructure and the replacement of the lead pipes poisoning our kids’ drinking water. This year, we’re seeing results: The Biden administration has proposed $45 billion for lead pipe replacement, and a Senate committee moved forward a bill that would increase funds for key clean water programs in small, rural, disadvantaged and tribal communities.
This March, we looked to show local support for these investments with a letter, signed by more than 360 local officials from 34 states, calling on President Biden and Congress to boost funding for water infrastructure.
“Mayors know that good infrastructure is the sort of basic government service that impacts citizens’ lives and allows businesses to flourish and prosper,” said Republican Mayor James Brainard of Carmel, Indiana. “A strong infrastructure package from our federal government could prevent us from having to choose between fixing our wastewater treatment plans and updating our bridges. “
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Photo: Aging and overtaxed sewer and stormwater systems are polluting coastal areas all across the country. Credit: Robert Lawton via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY SA 2.5

Jake Taber

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