The AWWA Streamlines article posted this week begins by reminding us that the House passed an $819 billion stimulus. In this package $6 billion was earmarked for wastewater infrastructure and $2 billon for potable water. I don’t know how to feel about this. $2 billion is a lot of money; I mean a whole lot of money. Still, I can’t help but think, “Really, only $2 Billion?” I don’t want to complain it is $2 BILLION however, I thought the plan for the economic turn around was to be a focus on infrastructure. When I think infrastructure I think roads, power and water. So in simple terms the math just don’t seem right to me. $819 billion and only .002% of it set aside for water? I’m not upset I have been really pleased with some of the other things I have read about in regards to future plans we have for this country. One being (and I hope that we don’t screw it up) the upgrading of the digital infrastructure. Also, the attention on the medical information problem is promising. I still can’t get past feeling that we as a water industry were only an afterthought.
The article is a good read if you want more information on the topic. It goes on to state that AWWA is fighting to bump that number up to $10 billion. I wish them luck.