Coalition of 91 Organizations Urges Congress to Fund Water Infrastructure in Letter

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While the likelihood of a comprehensive infrastructure package in Congress this year are is uncertain, a group of 91 national and regional water and environment organizations recently wrote a letter to lawmakers urging them to fund water infrastructure.

The coalition asks Congress to allocate funding and financing for drinking water, wastewater, water reuse and stormwater projects.

In the letter, the coalition says America’s future economic strength depends on water infrastructure investments. “These investments create jobs and support the economy. Every $1 invested in drinking water and wastewater infrastructure increases long-term Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by $6.35, creates 1.6 new jobs, and provides $23 in public health-related benefits. These new jobs in the water sector are also high-paying, skilled, and largely recession proof since many are in municipal government.”

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates the nation needs $750 billion in investments over the next two decades to maintain current service, while third-party estimates have claimed it could be upward of $1 trillion.

The letter also states that a recent survey of American’s opinions on the value of investing in water resources shows 78 percent of respondents rate it “extremely or very important” that the president and Congress develop a plan to rebuild America’s water infrastructure. “The same survey found that 88 percent of respondents agreed that increased federal investment was needed to rebuild water infrastructure,” the letter reads.

Click here to read the letter’s full text and see the 91 organizations that signed it.


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