According to Syracuse.com News:
Mayor Stephanie Miner is on a mission to convince state and federal lawmakers to fork over millions of dollars to help fix the city’s aging water system.
Get ready to stand in a $2 trillion line, says Tom Curtis of the American Water Works Association, a research and trade association that represents water officials, utilities and manufacturers. That’s how much money is needed nationwide to replace aging systems, like Syracuse’s, and build up capacity based on changing population needs, he said.
Decades ago, the federal government paid the majority of water and sewage system projects. Those days are fading, water experts said.
“There’s no bag of money coming from Washington, D.C., for your infrastructure,” Curtis said. “And it’s not fair or appropriate to expect that.”
Others agree. “The reality is that communities need to address these issues on their own,” says Ken Kirk, of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, another group representing water and sewage system utilities.
Curtis said Syracuse’s water dilemma is common across the nation. So is Miner’s effort to shift repair and rebuilding costs onto state and federal taxpayers, while holding local rates steady.
“But the argument that it’s somebody else’s responsibility to fix my water system, it really doesn’t add up,” said Curtis. “If everybody says that across the country, then that’s a problem.”