On January 28, 2019, WWEMA, as a member of the Clean Water Council (CWC), along with approximately 22 other Associations representing infrastructure materials companies and engineering-related professionals sent a joint letter to the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate leadership and related Infrastructure and Transportation Committees. The letter highlighted the significant needs in the nation’s underground water infrastructure and urged that those needs be addressed in any infrastructure package that Congress considers.
The CWC letter referenced the U.S. EPA’s most recent assessments indicating that $472.6 billion is needed to maintain and improve drinking water systems and $271 billion will be needed for wastewater and stormwater treatment systems over the next twenty years. The letter also quoted the American Society of Civil Engineers’ report card that gives our nation’s drinking water and wastewater infrastructure a D and D+, respectively. Some other letter signatories are American Concrete Pipe Association, American Council of Engineering Companies, American Iron and Steel Institute, National Association of Sewer Service Companies, and National Utility Contractors Association. The letter went on to discuss that the benefits of infrastructure investment extend far beyond public health and include the economic benefits from the creation of high-paying jobs associated with infrastructure upgrade and repair. WWEMA also recently sent a similar letter to Congressional leadership urging robust infrastructure funding, as part of a group of nearly 100 water-related associations. A copy of the most recent Clean Water Council letter can be found HERE.