Statement of Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter
Washington, D.C.— “After more than two years with unsafe tap water, households in Flint, Mich. will finally receive meaningful federal aid to help replace the lead pipes. Early Saturday, the Senate approved a $100 million package of funding to address the Flint Water Crisis and help modernize the city’s outdated water infrastructure, to be administered through the State Revolving Funds (SRFs).
“We applaud Congress for finally stepping up and providing relief to the families of Flint who have suffered for far too long without safe water. However, Flint is not an isolated incident, nor should we be complacent about the state of our nation’s water infrastructure. Communities around the nation are starved of the funds they need to affordably deliver safe water to families, schools and businesses as federal funding has dropped 74 percent since its peak in 1977.
“The only way to avoid another water crisis is to establish a steady, sustainable source of federal funding through the SRFs and to keep our water systems under public, not corporate control.”
Contact: Kate Fried, Food & Water Watch, (202) 683-4905, [email protected]