News Briefs: California Voters Reject Water Infrastructure Bond

Also in this week's sewer and water news, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi promises 'transformational investment' in America's infrastructure

Voters in California on Election Day rejected Proposition 3, which sought to borrow nearly $9 billion for water infrastructure projects. The measure lost by less than a 3 percent margin.

The projects would have focused on water storage and dam repairs, watershed improvements, protection of habitat, and updates for safer drinking water.

It marks the first time in nearly 30 years voters in the state have rejected a bond.

Nancy Pelosi Promises Infrastructure Legislation

After Democrats picked up enough seats in the House of Representatives to gain a majority after the midterm elections, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) says infrastructure upgrades/repair will be a priority.

During a speech on election night, Pelosi said the House will work to rebuild America’s infrastructure.

“We will deliver a transformational investment in America’s infrastructure to create more good-paying jobs, rebuilding our roads, bridges, schools, water systems, broadband networks . . . housing and beyond.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) reportedly told the press that the one area he and Pelosi could broker bipartisan agreement would be “something on infrastructure.”

Water Main Break in North Carolina Disrupts Hospitals

The University of Chapel Hill (North Carolina) and Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools canceled classes recently due to a major water main break. Hospitals in the area also had to send trauma patients to alternate hospitals as there was no water service.

The line was repaired by the same evening, but a lot of drinking water was lost in the break. Water officials encouraged conservation while additional drinking water was treated. A temporary boil-water notice was in place, as well.


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