Seth M. Siegel, author of Troubled Water: What’s Wrong with What We Drink, makes the case in The Hill that the coronavirus crisis “presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to significantly improve our drinking water.”
He writes, “In all of this bad news lies a chance that won’t likely come again to address a core problem of our nation’s water utility system. Both President Trump and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) have suggested using stimulus funds to help utilities tackle neglected infrastructure or to otherwise help ailing utilities. While making that important fix, if used intelligently, these desperately needed dollars could also be used to promote a consolidation of utilities. These mergers would, in turn, lead to a measurable improvement in our nation’s health while bringing in new capital beyond the stimulus funding to revitalize the utilities.”
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