BPC’s Water Task Force offers policy options to ensure that disadvantaged communities have equitable access to critical water services.
Any city, no matter how well-prepared, would have been overwhelmed by Hurricane Harvey, but it was Houston’s old and aging infrastructure that left it uniquely exposed.
Among the most important challenges facing our nation today is the need to invest in infrastructure. Today, we are living at risk: driving on eroding roads and bridges, questioning whether our water is safe to drink, and falling behind economically. With these problems growing worse, it’s time for the Great American Rebuild.
The Bipartisan Policy Center’s Water Task Force released a new paper entitled Increasing Innovation in America’s Water Systems. This paper applies BPC’s previous recommendations on modernizing America’s infrastructure to the water sector, while exploring how to break down barriers to innovation, reduce costs, and improve health and environmental outcomes.
The infrastructure that collects, treats, and distributes drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater is aging. Meanwhile, affordability concerns have hit a critical juncture. This paper provides federal, state, and local recommendations while exploring how to break down barriers to innovation, reduce costs, and improve health and environmental outcomes.
Water and wastewater systems across the country require critical repairs and upgrades. This paper reviews several types of water infrastructure along with some unique challenges and opportunities in addressing their affordability, funding, and financing.