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Cardin Voices Concerns about Aging Water Systems

PHOTO: Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland warns the country's aging water infrastructure presents a clear and present danger to public health and even the nation's economic security. Photo credit: EPA.GOV
PHOTO: Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland warns the country's aging water infrastructure presents a clear and present danger to public health and even the nation's economic security. Photo credit: EPA.GOV
August 15, 2013

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Clean water is a basic human need, but there are new concerns about whether it will keep flowing to homes and business across the country. Maryland's U.S. Senator Ben Cardin is sounding the alarm about the nation's aging water infrastructure, warning that even in his home state, many of the pipes are in dire need of repair.

"I think I could summarize it in one word," Cardin said. "The major problem is...old. The pipes are, in many cases, they're 50, 75, 100 years old."

There have been a number of water main breaks in Maryland communities this summer, and a failing pipe in Prince George's County almost caused residents to be without water during some of hottest days.

Cardin acknowledged that budget fights in Washington are stalling progress, but he said a healthy water infrastructure system is as important to America's economy as paved roads and sturdy bridges.

"It's not only a matter of public safety, it's also a matter of economic growth," the Senator pointed out. "So, I want to see a more robust federal partner."

Cardin is backing legislation he has said will be introduced next month to provide federal matching grants to communities that modernize their water systems.


Alison Burns, Public News Service - MD