Congressman Blumenauer Sets the Stage for Debate on Water Infrastructure Funding

Mon July 20, 2009 - National Edition

Stephen Sandherr, chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America, released this statement July 15 following Congressman Earl Blumenauer’s press conference to announce his plans to establish a water trust fund.

“While our water infrastructure is often out of sight and out of mind, failures in the system threaten our health, our environment and our economy. That is why the 33,000 member companies of the Associated General Contractors of America, along with their millions of employees and families, support establishing a Water Trust Fund and doing it now.

“Our water infrastructure program is critical to every single family in America, and each should be guaranteed water that is clear and pipes that are sound. This critical infrastructure program needs the adequate and reliable source of funding that a trust fund would provide, and Congressman Blumenauer is setting the stage for a debate that is long overdue. After all, there isn’t a community in this country that doesn’t rely on clean, healthy drinking water, wastewater and storm water management for its very success and survival.”