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Renew Your Community’s Water

Many of our water systems are reaching the end of their lifespan. Without dedicated federal funding, communities simply cannot afford to make the necessary repairs to pipes and water systems that keep our waters clean and safe.

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  • In 2010, the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Program (SRF), which provides federal funding to maintain safe drinking water, received $1.4 billion in federal funding — enough to finance only 8 percent of what is needed.
  • Publicly owned wastewater systems need an average of $11.6 billion every year to protect water quality and public health.
  • A gap of approximately $22 billion exists each year between what is available to maintain our water and sewer systems and what is needed.
  • Fully addressing the nation’s annual water needs could put nearly one out of every 20 unemployed people in the nation back to work.
  • Currently, there is no federal funding devoted to updating and repairing drinking water systems in schools.

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