Beyond resistance: Making sure everyone has access to safe drinking water

August 22, 2017

Dear Friends,

It is the 25th day of my email series, “Beyond Resistance: The things we should do to make us safer, healthier, and more economically secure.” Today’s topic: water infrastructure investment.

From Flint, Michigan to schools in Portland, access to safe water is increasingly one of the most pressing challenges we face today. Too often out of sight and out of mind, our water systems are literally falling apart while we ignore the problem. Congress should do more to meet our desperate need for water infrastructure investments.

While there is no single solution to this problem, I’ve introduced the Water Infrastructure Trust Fund Act to create a dedicated source of revenue for the replacement, repair, and rehabilitation of wastewater and drinking water systems. The fund would support investments in aging sewer systems and water treatment plants, as well as address the systemic challenges affecting access to safe water in low-income populations.

In addition to funding, we need regular, rigorous, and transparent testing for lead and other contaminants – especially as our water infrastructure continues to age. Last year, after my community was shocked to learn of widespread lead contamination in drinking water at our schools, I joined Rep. Jackie Speier to introduce the No Lead in School Water Act, legislation that would help schools test for lead contamination and then fund remediation to get rid of it.

It’s past time we take action. We must do more to fix our crumbling water infrastructure—the safety and health of everyone depends on it.

I welcome your thoughts, ideas, and opinions. You can connect with me here.


Earl Blumenauer

Member of Congress