Capitol Hill must spend more to ensure America's clean-water infrastructure remains, according to the nation's equipment manufacturers.
"Water infrastructure needs have been ignored for far too long," says Nick Yaksich, Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) vice president of global public policy.
Earlier this year, the House of Representatives passed the Water Quality Financing Act of 2007, reauthorizing the Clean Water State Revolving Fund at $14 billion.
Government and private studies estimate the water and wastewater infrastructure investment gap will reach between $300 and $500 billion over the next 20 years, AEM points out. Despite these needs, the Clean Water State Revolving Fund was initially allowed to expire.