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10 historic rain/flood events in 2022 push boundaries of U.S. water

Dec 23, 2022

In October, leading members of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) took part in a national news conference to draw attention to the impact of 10 major rain and flood events in 2022 and to examine how the aggregate effect of climate change and fresh operational challenges in the water sector are exposing a federal funding gap for modernization of clean water infrastructure.

Despite industry-wide accolades for President Biden’s $55 billion commitment to clean water laid out in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, NACWA says the U.S. faces a water infrastructure funding gap of nearly $1 trillion over the next two decades. 

Marking the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, NACWA’s member utilities from Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Seattle celebrated local victories but expressed concern that the cost of providing clean and safe water continues to increase year over year, along with the household cost for accessing such water.

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