The statement below is from Michael Deane, Executive Director of the National Association of Water Companies, on the President’s comments tonight in the State of the Union address about the Administration’s infrastructure plan.
“Tonight, President Trump called on ‘both parties to come together to give us safe, fast, reliable, and modern infrastructure that our economy needs and our people deserve.’ Indeed, failing and noncompliant water systems are a financial drain on our economy and pose significant risks to public health and the environment.
The private water industry has been a vital partner in addressing these challenges, ensuring safe and reliable water for communities nationwide. The six largest private water companies collectively invest nearly $2.7 billion each year in their water systems, which, in 2018, will amount to more than all of the federal clean water and drinking water federal grants combined. We are encouraged that the administration is continuing to give private investment a place in the water infrastructure discussion.”