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Wisconsin Senator Highlights Water Investment in Wisconsin

Wednesday, December 29th, 2021 -- 9:00 AM

(Bob Hague, WRN) President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better bill may be stalled for now, but Wisconsin Democrats note there’s already a major water quality investment in the state, from the infrastructure bill Biden signed in November.

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin said, “We have a lot of challenges to our drinking water system, particularly with regard to the existence of I think over 170-thousand lead service lines that provide drinking water to people across the state."

"Every community, every family needs access to clean drinking water. And we also know in a state like Wisconsin that the investment in clean water and water management systems will protect our ability to recreate in the outdoors, to swim, to fish, to play in our waters. And our environment will be cleaner for the investments.”

Baldwin says a major water quality investment from the infrastructure bill Biden signed in November will benefit Wisconsin families. “Both lead in drinking water, and forever chemicals in drinking water, are threats to human health.”

The Wisconsin Democrat says the federal funding will help replace lead service lines and clean up PFAS contamination.  According to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau, Wisconsin will receive 347 million dollars in clean water funding, and an additional 522 million in revolving loan funds for safe drinking water over a five year period.

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