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Water system funding may soon pour in

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Written by: Alexa Stone

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The U.S. has significant water problems. More than 15% of wastewater utilities have reached or exceeded their design capacity. There is a water main break every two minutes. Those problems, and others, have earned low marks on the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Report Card for America’s Infrastructure. The U.S. gets a “C-” for its drinking water. Its wastewater and stormwater earned a “D+”.

Those grades may soon improve. In April, the Senate voted 89-2 for the Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act. If the House passes its corresponding bill, as expected, some $35 billion will be invested in wastewater and drinking water systems nationwide.

The American Jobs Plan could bring solutions on an even greater scale.

The plan – currently the subject of intense negotiation in Washington – would provide $111 billion over eight years for lead removal, utility modernization, and Per- and PolyFluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) remediation.

Authorizations for existing drinking water and water infrastructure programs would increase. New programs would fund water resilience and sustainability measures and provide significant support for the smaller water systems in disadvantaged areas.

SOURCES: — Spectrum News (NY1)