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Obama's Next Infrastructure Task: Safeguarding Our Water

Statement by Wenonah Hauter, Food & Water Watch


"President Obama's recently-announced infrastructure plan aims to
modernize crumbling roads, rails and airports while providing jobs for
the nearly one-in-five construction workers who are unemployed. Another
way Obama could modernize our infrastructure while boosting the economy
is to renew America's water.

"While an infrastructure bank is
not the best proposal for water, President Obama should support efforts
to create a dedicated federal fund for repairing and upgrading our
country's water and sewer systems.

"Much of our water infrastructure
was built around 100 years ago--when Model T's dominated the roads. But
our municipal water systems suffer from a $22 billion funding gap every
year. Reversing that funding gap and recommitting to our public water
systems would not only keep safe drinking water flowing freely to our
homes and safeguard our environment-it would also create jobs.

"We urge Obama to make public
water a top priority. He should reverse the funding gap and pledge
additional resources towards upkeep of our ailing water systems."

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