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Winning Issue » DRINKING WATER


In a 2014 cost-saving move, the city of Flint, Michigan switched its drinking water supply from Detroit’s water system to the Flint River. Inadequate treatment and testing of this water resulted in major water quality and health issues for Flint residents, many of whom endured skin rashes, hair loss and itchy skin. Officials later admitted that high concentrations of lead in the city’s drinking water were to blame for these health problems. Aging infrastructure and the cost to replace old water pipes and lead solder used in household plumbing was also a factor in this disaster. There is no acceptable level of lead in drinking water. And there are more than 6 million lead service lines - pipes that connect a water main to a building’s plumbing - in the U.S. today. Since this catastrophe, Newark, Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore and Milwaukee have all realized their water systems are also contaminated with lead - and there is likely to be many more cities with this problem. One 2016 report found that more than 5,000 U.S. water systems serving roughly 18 million people have violated EPA rules for lead content in drinking water.

Pending Legislation: H.R.3282 - Drinking Water Funding for the Future Act of 2021
Sponsor: Rep. David McKinley (WV)
Status: House Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment (Transportation and Infrastructure)
Chair: Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR))



Polling Options

  • I oppose reforming current drinking water policy and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA).
  • I support authorizing $12 billion over 5 years to invest in and modernize America’s drinking water infrastructure by: 1.) Reauthorizing funding for drinking water programs under the Safe Drinking Water Act and America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018. 2.) Authorizing $1.9 billion annually for federal capitalization payments to State Drinking Water Revolving Funds; $125 million annually to fund state efforts to implement and enforce federal Safe Drinking Water Act standards; and $60 million annually in grants to small and economically disadvantaged communities, tribes, or states toward providing household water quality testing and general compliance with Safe Drinking Water Act requirements. 3.) Authorizing another $60 million annually for a program to help communities finance programs and activities to reduce lead in their treated drinking water, including the replacement of lead service lines, as well as $25 million annually for a voluntary testing program for lead in drinking water in schools and child care centers. And wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.


Winning Option

  • I support authorizing $12 billion over 5 years to invest in and modernize America’s drinking water infrastructure by:

    1.) Reauthorizing funding for drinking water programs under the Safe Drinking Water Act and America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018.

    2.) Authorizing $1.9 billion annually for federal capitalization payments to State Drinking Water Revolving Funds; $125 million annually to fund state efforts to implement and enforce federal Safe Drinking Water Act standards; and $60 million annually in grants to small and economically disadvantaged communities, tribes, or states toward providing household water quality testing and general compliance with Safe Drinking Water Act requirements.

    3.) Authorizing another $60 million annually for a program to help communities finance programs and activities to reduce lead in their treated drinking water, including the replacement of lead service lines, as well as $25 million annually for a voluntary testing program for lead in drinking water in schools and child care centers.

    And wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.
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Pledge Period - Opening Date
October 11, 2021
Pledge Period - Closing Date
October 17, 2021
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October 18, 2021


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