Friday, February 03, 2017

Fwd: TAKE ACTION: Protect Clean Water

Tell Legislators: Increase Budget for Safe Drinking Water

StateImpact Reports: "The EPA says Pennsylvania's drinking water program failed to meet the federal requirements for conducting inspections of water systems, and that DEP's lack of staffing has caused the number of unaddressed Safe Drinking Water Act violations to nearly double in the past five years, from 4,298 to 7,922."

Now is the time to increase funding for water pollution programs in the 2017-18 budget. For too long, Pennsylvania has under-invested in the Commonwealth's water systems, infrastructure and personnel to enforce clean water laws. Lead remains a persistent and dangerous problem in many of our water systems. Many of our streams can't support fish. Culm piles leach pollution into our waterways. The Susquehanna River is still polluted from runoff. Poison has leached into our drinking water from military bases. And Pennsylvania is only one of two states that don't build water wells to national standards.

This is a bipartisan issue. We all want, need and have a right to clean drinking water, whether we live in a city or on a farm.

Contact your legislator and urge them to start the long process of cleaning up Pennsylvania's waterways and securing clean drinking water for all by increasing investment in DEP's water programs.



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