Senate Infrastructure Deal Contains Historic Level of Water Infrastructure Resources
The chief executive officer of the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA), Doug Carlson, issued the following statement on the White House and Senate bipartisan agreement on infrastructure investment, and the Senate’s cloture vote to proceed with debate:
“This week, our government announced the largest investment for clean, safe drinking water in American history. The $55 billion for water infrastructure announced in the package will help the U.S. utility construction industry build and repair the pipes and treatment facilities required by hundreds of American communities and millions of American citizens.
“Amongst the funding initiatives is a set-aside for lead remediation which will finally allow NUCA’s members to replace all of the nation’s lead pipe service lines. These substantial new resources will make our communities safer and healthier, help expand our local economies, and provide tens-of-thousands of good-paying careers.
“The agreement also recognizes that Americans need a modern broadband infrastructure to lead successful and efficient lives. The $65 billion in this package will help NUCA and our industry build more high-speed broadband lines so every American and every business has access to faster Internet service.
“NUCA applauds the Administration and the bipartisan Senate negotiators for this welcome first step towards the promises that infrastructure projects can deliver for our nation. Our members are eager to begin building more of a better America. Congress, we’re ready to start our backhoes and begin digging—let’s get this bill passed.”
About The National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA)
Founded in 1964, the National Utility Contractors Association represents nearly 1,700 U.S. utility and excavation contractors, manufacturers, and suppliers who provide the materials and workforce to build and maintain our nation’s intricate network of water, sewer, gas, telecommunications, and electric infrastructure. NUCA is found online at www.nuca.com, and can be followed on Twitter at @NUCA_National. The association’s Twitter hashtags are #WeDigAmerica and #NUCAdigs.