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Report: Cities and Towns Left “Out to Dry” on Water Infrastructure

January 18, 2008

Brockton, MA – Every water main break in Massachusetts is a cry for help from the state's aging water infrastructure. A new report says Massachusetts cities and towns will need about $8 billion in additional funding over the next 20 years to fix pipes, water mains and treatment plants. As it now stands, they're flooded with water-related repairs and maintenance issues that they don't have sufficient funding to handle.

State Senator Pam Resor is sponsoring a bill to create a water task force, which would diagnose the state's water problems and find funding sources to fix them. Resor says the water supply is every bit as important, and deserves the same attention, as other hot topics like transportation.

"I think it's right up there with roads and bridges. The only difference is because this is out of sight, out of mind, you aren't aware of the 'potholes' unless they spring a leak -- and then, you are very aware."

Report author John McNabb says one of the problems is that information about water system maintenance is fragmented, so part of the battle is getting the state to organize the data, and then take charge of prioritizing and funding the repairs. He adds continued delays will compromise the quality and safety of the state's water supplies.

"We need more statewide attention on a statewide basis, because it's public health statewide and public safety statewide that's at risk."

McNabb and some lawmakers will discuss the report today at a news conference in Brockton. Resor's bill has passed in the Senate and is now being considered in the House.

Kevin Clay/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - MA