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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

U.S. Rep. Lawrence Leads Letter Urging EPA to Conduct a Community Water System Survey

February 4, 2022
Press Release

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Representative Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14) sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan requesting an update on EPA efforts to conduct a new Community Water System (CWS) Survey. With funding for water infrastructure projects from the American Rescue Plan Act and the Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act, a CWS Survey would help develop and evaluate drinking water regulations. The letter was signed by 22 House members. To view the letter, click here.

“Last year, Congress passed both the American Rescue Plan Act and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which provided more than $400 billion in eligible funds for water infrastructure improvement,” the members wrote in the letter. “A new survey by the EPA would help to update drinking water regulations as communities across the country undertake these projects to update their water infrastructure.”

The members added, “Despite conducting three surveys in the eleven years between 1995 and 2006, the agency has not conducted one in the fifteen years since. In that time, numerous communities across the United States have discovered threats to their public health due to contaminants in their drinking water—most notably in Flint, Michigan, in 2014.”