Water Problems Add To Widespread Environmental Injustice. Two Major Bills Could Change That.
Increased investment in water infrastructure is a key component in creating an environmentally just America. For years, low-income communities, communities of color, and rural regions have suffered from chronic disinvestment in water infrastructure, leading to serious water pollution, water resource degradation, and human health risks. The Biden administration is pushing for historic new investments in water, specifically in marginalized communities, through the American Jobs Plan and the WATER Act. These landmark pieces of legislation will pour billions of dollars into updating water infrastructure and removing dangerous lead piping in places like Flint, Michigan where environmental injustice has run rampant. Through these plans, the administration hopes to bring the United States into a new era of water justice.