The majority of Michigan residents get their drinking water from community water systems, most of which were built between 50 and 100 plus years ago. Many of these municipal systems have already exceeded their expected lifespan and do not meet today's state and federal drinking water, wastewater, and storm water standards.
The systems that provide safe drinking water and treat and manage wastewater, storm water and drainage are often not thought about, operating largely without the public's attention, except for times of crisis. Many rural and urban water and drain systems are faced with limited financial resources, and communities are deferring the investments needed to maintain, rehabilitate, and/or replace older infrastructure. Investments need to continue to be made to provide a safe and reliable water supply.
Local units of government are accountable for maintenance and operation of the infrastructure affecting their residents. Therefore we support: