This week, Representative John Conyers (D-MI) called for increased and immediate investment in water infrastructure to protect drinking water for urban and rural residents.
In a piece for the Huffington Post, he writes, "There are dire threats to safe drinking water beyond Detroit. Just an hour's drive south in Toledo, more than 400,000 people were left without water for two days in August after supplies were found to be unsafe for household use due to the presence of microcystin, a toxin from algae blooms in nearby Lake Erie. Earlier in the year, a toxic chemical used to process coal spilled out of a ruptured storage tank into the Elk River, leaving 300,000 West Virginia residents unable to drink or to cook, clean, or bathe with their tap water.
These ecological and industrial water crises — like Detroit's crisis of affordability and access — underscore the need for immediate investment. The EPA estimates that the capital needs of water utilities over 20 years amount to $384 billion and another $298 billion for wastewater and runoff."
To read his full comments, click here.