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Water System Upgrades Need Trillions More, EPA Official Says

Aug. 2, 2022, 4:59 PM

More than $3 trillion is needed for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure upgrades nationwide—but Congress is only funding a fraction of that amount, an EPA water official said Tuesday.

The $50 billion Congress dedicated to water infrastructure in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is “a great influx” of water system funding, but it’s not enough, Karen Dettmer, the Environmental Protection Agency’s managing director for infrastructure implementation at the agency’s Office of Water, speaking at a Bipartisan Policy Center event.

“We need more money on an annual basis for water infrastructure,” Dettmer said.

The EPA is also facing a shortage ...