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 Mark Your Calendar!

 October 11th is National Call in Day for Clean Water!

This October marks the 35th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act, one of America’s most important environmental and public health laws. Now, 35 years later, our elected representatives must recommit to protecting America’s water for future generations.

While America’s tap water still ranks among the safest in the world, our water infrastructure is facing deterioration and aging with too few funds available for needed repair. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that hundreds of billions of dollars will be needed to address these issues. Unfortunately, the current administration has made annual cuts to most of the funding and has proposed selling control of our water systems to corporations and private investors. Once in control of our water systems, the private owner would make decisions about our water based on financial profits rather than the needs of our communities.

The time to dedicate a source of public funding so communities nationwide can keep their water clean, safe and affordable, is now.   The federal government reserves 30 billion a year on a highway trust fund and  8 billion a year on an air transportation trust fund. The answer to the water infrastructure crisis is a dedicated funding source with a sustained commitment to clean safe drinking water by creating a national water infrastructure trust fund.  So that clean, affordable water remains something all American’s can rely on.

On October 11 call your legislator and ask him or her to support increased funding for our public water. Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121, and ask to speak with your representative. If you live in the 8th congressional district, ask to speak to Congressman Jim Oberstar to thank him for his environmental leadership and to ask him to support the creation of a national water infrastructure trust fund. 

Click here to find out who represents you.

Why Public Funding –Not Privatization –is the Answer for U.S. Water Systems read: Faulty Pipes

If you aren’t sure what to say on Call In Day send an email and we’ll glady provide you with a brief phone script and talking points.

Hooked on Water,

Brooke Trout