Allow technology and competition to solve America’s infrastructure problems
As prospects fade for bipartisan national infrastructure legislation, it now falls to state and local leaders to make the best possible use of the resources at their disposal in confronting the myriad challenges facing our nation’s roads, bridges, tunnels, electricity grid, and water systems.
Of those challenges, none is more pressing than ensuring that our drinking water is both safe and affordable. Water systems are primarily the responsibility of local officials. We are the ones who have to get it right lest, through our negligence, we saddle the communities we serve with the kind of water-contamination crisis that, in 2015, struck the residents of Flint, Mich.