Good Morning everyone,
Well, just as I have been lamenting the old, U.S. water infrastructure, so badly in need of repair or replacement and the huge cost associated, along comes the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017.
This act, signed by President Trump, increases the amount available to for EPA water infrastructure loans to $1.5 Billion.
According to the EPA, this amount combined with other monies previously appropriated for credit subsidy will allow the Water Infrastructure Finance and innovation Act (WIFIA) to lend approximately $1.5 Billion for water infrastructure projects.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said: “Thanks to President Trump and Congress, this additional funding will accelerate the construction of projects to meet communities’ water infrastructure needs.” “The investment will empower states, municipalities, companies, and the public-private partnerships to solve real environmental problems in our communities, like the need for clean and safe water.”
Don: It has been a long time coming, and let’s hope that it is not too late for some water infrastructures that are in the most dire need.
The EPA will now have to evaluate various projects for need and feasibility.
No doubt it will take some time, and will most likely fall short, but at least now maybe some can be made whole again.
Even then, there will always be disasters, mistakes, carelessness and sabotage.
In the mean time, we should all monitor our water delivery and take logical and necessary measures to make sure the drinking water in our homes is safe and clean.
Thanks for reading