“The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) is pleased that last night, in his State of the Union address, President Trump committed to an infrastructure package of at least $1.5 trillion and committed to working with local governments — such as NACWA’s public clean water utility members — to make these investments a reality. These are investments that are sorely needed.
“However, NACWA is disappointed that the President did not specifically identify drinking water and clean water systems as recipients for these infrastructure funds. For decades, water infrastructure has largely been ignored as communities across the country have grappled with challenges to provide clean water to growing populations. Last night’s speech was an important step forward to addressing the broad infrastructure needs of the nation, but more attention must be paid to water infrastructure specifically to truly elevate water as a national priority.
“President Trump committed during his presidential campaign to tripling funding for the existing drinking water and clean water State Revolving Funds. NACWA looks forward to continued work with the Trump Administration to make that pledge a reality and ensure our communities have the federal support they need to ensure clean water.
“We stand ready to work with Congress and the Administration to guarantee that drinking water and clean water are a critical piece of a comprehensive infrastructure bill, sufficiently prioritizing our country’s very serious water needs. Now is the time to elevate water as a national priority.”
For nearly 50 years, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) has been the nation’s recognized leader in legislative, regulatory and legal advocacy on the full spectrum of clean water issues. NACWA represents public wastewater and stormwater agencies of all sizes nationwide. Our unique and growing network strengthens the advocacy voice for all member utilities, and ensures they have the tools necessary to provide affordable and sustainable clean water for all. Our vision is to represent every utility as a NACWA member, helping to build a strong and sustainable clean water future. For more information, visit us at www.nacwa.org.