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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

U.S. Reps. Lawrence and Khanna Lead Letter to President Biden Urging for the Inclusion of WATER Act in Infrastructure Package

March 26, 2021
Press Release

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Representative Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14) and Ro Khanna (CA-17) led 24 House Democrats in sending a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to include provisions of the WATER Act in his upcoming infrastructure package. On February 25th, Reps. Lawrence and Khanna introduced the WATER Act which would invest in and significantly repair our country’s water infrastructure. Senator Bernie Sanders introduced the Senate companion to this legislation. To view the letter, click here.

“Federal investment in public water infrastructure projects has dwindled from 63% in 1977 to just 9% in 2014, and it is essential that we make a major federal investment to renovate our old, lead-ridden water pipes and end our water affordability crisis. As champions of water justice in Congress, we urge you to include provisions of H.R.1352- the Water Affordability, Transparency, Equity and Reliability (WATER) Act-in your upcoming infrastructure package,” the Members wrote in the letter. “By ‘ensuring clean, safe drinking water is a right in all communities – rural to urban, rich and poor’ and ‘investing in the repair of water pipelines and sewer systems, replacement of lead service pipes, upgrade of treatment plants, and integration of efficiency and water quality monitoring technologies,’ we can move towards achieving environmental equity and significantly improve the lives of millions of Americans.”