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Copyright 2001 Reed Elsevier Inc. COPYRIGHT 2001 Cahners Business Information

Sunday, July 1, 2001

ISSN 0892-5046; Volume 30; Issue 1

A CALL FOR MORE WATER AND WASTEWATER FUNDING.(Brief Article)
FULL TEXT

The federal government has been called upon to help address a $23 billion shortage of funds every year that is needed to maintain the nation's water and wastewater infrastructure.

The Water Infrastructure Network (WIN)--a coalition of elected
officials, manufacturers and construction and engineering
professionals--has asked for $57 billion in federal investments over the
next five years to upgrade treatment systems and replace aging pipes in
the nation's drinking water, sewer and stormwater systems.

Due to the critical nature of this infrastructure, it is crucial that
the federal government play a more active role in establishing grants,
trust funds, loans and incentives for private investment, says WIN.

In WIN's recent report, Water Infrastructure Now, the Washington,
D.C.-based association points out that currently, local governments and
taxpayers cover 90 percent of the cost to build, operate and maintain
54,000 drinking water systems and 16,000 water systems across the
country. To ease the burden, WIN has put forth a number of legislative
recommendations in the report, including:

* Grants, loans, loan subsidies and credit assistance.

* Focusing on critical "core" water and wastewater infrastructure
needs and nonpoint source pollution.

* Streamlining the federal and state administration of infrastructure
funds and adequately financing state programs.

* Providing more assistance to communities most in need.

* Establishing a new program for technology and management innovation.

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