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Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published August 08, 2013

ADVISORY/TUES: CARDIN VISITS WSSC IN PUSH TO MAKE WATER INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADES A NATIONAL PRIORITY



For Immediate Release
CONTACT: Sue Walitsky 202-224-4524
August 8, 2013

*** MEDIA ADVISORY ***

 

CARDIN VISITS WSSC IN PUSH TO MAKE WATER INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADES A

NATIONAL PRIORITY

 

 

“A healthy water infrastructure system is as important to America’s economy as paved roads and sturdy

bridges”

 

Tuesday, August 13 at 10:00AM, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Chairman of the Senate Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, will visit with the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) to discuss federal options for improving our nation’s aging water infrastructure. The region has seen a growing number of water main breaks. One of the most serious was in July, when a water main serving 100,000 people in Prince George’s County began to fail.  Mandatory water restrictions were instituted, limiting access to water for homes and businesses during an intense heat wave that saw the heat index repeatedly reach the triple digits. 

 

WHAT:            Senator Ben Cardin Visits WSSC to Preview

Federal Legislation to Upgrade Aging Water Infrastructure

 

WHEN:            Tuesday, August 13 at 10:00AM

 

WHERE:          Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC)

                                    14501 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, MD

 

It’s estimated that by 2020, the forecasted deficit for sustaining water delivery and wastewater treatment infrastructure, will trigger a $206 billion increase in costs for businesses.  In a worst case scenario, a lack of water infrastructure investment will cause the United States to lose nearly 700,000 jobs by 2020.  

 

Senator Cardin plans to discuss two federal bills that would help alleviate many of the problems facing Maryland and the nation: (1) The Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Sustainability Act that will help local communities with matching grants to help meet the challenges of upgrading water infrastructure systems to meet the hydrological changes we are seeing today.  Communities across the country will be able to compete for federal matching funds to help finance water infrastructure projects. (2) Reauthorization of the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) to match current water infrastructure needs and federal resources.