American Rivers calls attention to water infrastructure issues
American Rivers, an organization dedicated to protecting the nation's rivers and water supply, recently urged 2016 presidential candidates across all political parties to make a clear choice to invest in water infrastructure.
The organization cited a water infrastructure investment need of nearly $1 trillion to ensure that the United States has access to clean drinking water. Citing the recent events regarding drinking water in Flint, MI, American Rivers indicated that maintaining healthy rivers is the key.
"The crisis in Flint is a stark reminder of the critical importance of clean water supplies to our health and our communities." -- Bob Irvin, President of American Rivers, in a recent press release
Bring water infrastructure into the 21st century
American Rivers indicated that the nation is on the verge of a water crisis and the need to bring water infrastructure into the 21st century is critical to the future of the nation, its public health, and its economy.
The organization also went one step further, asserting a need for an "unprecedented commitment" for ensuring clean water from the new incoming presidential administration and also asked to establish a "Clean Water Trust Fund." The Clean Water Trust Fund would ensure monies were consistently available to protect the nation's water supplies and help other cities in a situation similar to the Flint water crisis.
Investment of $1 trillion
According to American Rivers, the goal of $1 trillion could theoretically be accomplished over the next 25 years with individual 35-cents-per-day investments. That math works out to $127.75 per person, per year -- with a total per-person investment over a 25-year span of $3,193.75.
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