Bloomberg Law
Feb. 25, 2021, 4:55 PMUpdated: Feb. 26, 2021, 1:30 PM

Climate-Proofing Water Systems Needs Billions, Advocates Say (3)

Bobby Magill
Bobby Magill

Municipal utilities and clean water organizations are calling on Congress to expand the EPA’s water infrastructure programs to help them climate change-proof drinking water and wastewater systems following last week’s deep freeze in Texas.

Before the storm, the EPA estimated that maintaining and improving the nation’s wastewater and drinking water infrastructure over the next 20 years will cost about $750 billion. Water infrastructure advocacy organizations say the deep freeze shows the importance of spending more federal money on preparing vulnerable water works for climate extremes.

“This is a good example of how the climate crisis is really a water issue,” ...

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