New Yorkers Deserve Clean Water

Tell NYS to Increase Clean Water Investments!

Aging and failing sewage infrastructure discharges raw sewage into local waterways, jeopardizing human health, closing beaches, harming fish and wildlife, and damaging local economies. Drinking water infrastructure is also in a state of constant disrepair, with communities facing ever-increasing water main breaks every year and numerous "boil water advisories" due to contaminated drinking water.

Antiquated and aging sewage and drinking water infrastructure threatens our environment, health, and economy:

There are an estimated 360,000 lead water service lines throughout New York that pose a serious risk of leaching lead into our drinking water.
The American Society of Civil Engineers gave New York's drinking water infrastructure a C grade and its sewer and wastewater systems a D grade.
Harmful algal blooms (HABs) threaten drinking water quality, recreation, wildlife, and human health. In 2017, HABs were present in over 170 NY water bodies, causing more than 100 beaches to close for at least part of the summer.
Across New York, 6.5 billion gallons of untreated combined sewage and stormwater were released in 2017, affecting 220 water bodies.
Bacteria and viruses in untreated sewage pose a significant health risk. Between 1.8 and 3.5 million Americans become ill annually from contact with recreational waters contaminated by sewage.

In 2017, NYS enacted the Clean Water Infrastructure Act, which is providing $2.5 billion for critical water projects (e.g., upgrading water infrastructure, replacing lead lines in schools, protecting source water) over five years. These investments are a big step in the right direction; however, our infrastructure needs continue to outpace available funding. Nearly $80 billion in water infrastructure needs have been identified for the next 20 years; therefore, a $2.5 billion investment over five years will not adequately address our critical clean water needs.

Governor Cuomo recently proposed a new, five-year, $2.5 billion clean water investment in his executive budget proposal for SFY 2019-20. When combined with the initial $2.5 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017, New York would then provide a total of $5 billion to help address New York's immense clean water needs. We now need the Legislature to approve this historic investment in the final state budget!

Use the links below to contact Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie. Urge them to provide at least $2.5 billion in new clean water funding in the 2019-20 NYS Budget! Copy and personalize the sample text below.

Hon. Andrea Stewart-Cousins
Hon. Carl Heastie

Sample Text (copy text between dotted lines):
I am writing to express my strong support for at least $2.5 billion in new funding for clean water infrastructure in the 2019-20 NYS Budget. While NYS has made laudable investments in clean water in recent years, we are still suffering from failing drinking and waste water infrastructure, an ever-increasing number of harmful algal blooms, dangerous lead water service lines across the state, and other threats to clean water. New York needs to make clean water investments that reflect our substantial needs, which exceed $80 billion over the next 20 years.

Investing in our water infrastructure will protect drinking water, create jobs, keep beaches open, and protect public health. Without action these problems will only get worse, and the solutions will continue to be more expense.

Our communities cannot bear the burden of addressing our clean water needs alone. We need New York to increase investments in our most basic need, clean water. Please include at least $2.5 billion in new clean water funding in the final 2019-20 NYS Budget! Thank you for taking time, and I look forward to hearing how you will address my concerns.

Thank you for taking action. Together we make a difference!


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