Clinton, Trump Urged to Make Water Infrastructure Priority

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By Amena H. Saiyid

Aug. 26 — Water infrastructure investment should be a national priority in the wake of the lead-in-water crisis in Flint, Mich., and the ongoing drought in the West, an association for publicly owned wastewater utilities told presidential candidates.

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies made the plea in letters to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump.

“The recent drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan has had devastating impacts for residents of that community, but has also made all Americans painfully aware of what can happen when their water systems become tainted and their water infrastructure is unreliable. At the same time, the ongoing drought in the West has reminded many that reliable water supplies cannot be taken for granted,” wrote Raymond Marshall, NACWA president, and Adam Krantz, NACWA chief executive officer, in Aug. 24 letters to the presidential candidates.

Given’s Trump’s success as a real estate developer, NACWA’s top officials reminded the Republican candidate that “no building or business is viable without ensuring reliable and uninterrupted clean and safe water service.”

Marshall and Krantz reminded Clinton of the June 10 primary debate in Flint, where she and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) highlighted the importance of reliable water services and the need to make water security and sustainability a national priority.

To contact the reporter on this story: Amena H. Saiyid in Washington at asaiyid@bna.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Larry Pearl at lpearl@bna.com

For More Information

NACWA’s letter to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is available at http://www.nacwa.org/images/stories/public/clintonletter.pdf.

NACWA’s letter to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is available at http://www.nacwa.org/images/stories/public/trumpletter.pdf,

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