Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard recently cosponsored H.R. 3859, the Drinking Water Infrastructure for Job Creation Act, a bill that allows for the making of supplemental appropriations for the Drinking Water State Revolving Funds. This legislation was originally drafted originally in 1996 to comply with Federal drinking water regulations and meet the health objectives of the Safe Drinking Water Act.

The bill cites a number of significant findings, but the results are grim:

  • The American Society of Civil Engineers assigned a "D" grade to the Nation's drinking water infrastructure and a "D+" grade to the Nation's wastewater infrastructure.
  • It's estimated that the United States will need to invest $150 billion by 2025 to bring our water infrastructure to a state of good repair.
  • There are an estimated 240,000 water main breaks per year in the United States, wasting over two trillion gallons of treated drinking water.

With these sobering facts in mind, it's unconscionable that people living in disadvantaged communities throughout our country continue to face the problem of having clean drinking water and a reliable job--just two of many critical needs that remain out of reach for thousands of Americans today. Putting these individuals to work to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure would solve two problems, and is an investment worth making.

Tulsi Gabbard has been an active environmentalist from a young age who has a record of fighting for access to clean water--whether it's demanding that the US Navy address the Red Hill fuel storage tank leaks over water aquifers in Hawaii or being an ally to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in the halting of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Throughout her service in elected office, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has made the case that access to clean drinking water should be a topmost priority at all levels of government. When she introduced the OFF Act in early September to curb our nation's addiction to oil and move towards a sustainable renewable energy future, included in the measure was a number of provisions to dramatically increase protection to our oceans, rivers, and waterways to combat the rampant fossil fuel pollution that has contaminated our nation's drinking water.

The time is now to pass the Drinking Water Infrastructure for Job Creation Act, as well as Tulsi Gabbard's OFF Act, which will also develop green collar jobs that will contribute to the rebuilding of our country's infrastructure. Become a citizen cosponsor today!

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