Poll: Americans demand federal action on infrastructure

The Value of Water Campaign recently released the results to a new poll that reveals Americans’ level of satisfaction with infrastructure systems and emphasis being placed on prioritizing critical projects by the federal government.

The poll, commissioned by the Value of Water Campaign, found that more than any other issue, Americans want Congress and the administration of President Donald Trump to prioritize infrastructure. A resounding 67 percent said rebuilding America’s infrastructure should be an extremely or very important focus – substantially more support than every other issue tested. The poll also found that 82 percent of Americans said rebuilding water systems, specifically, was extremely or very important.

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“We are proud to be on the steering committee for Infrastructure Week again, and encouraged by the increased public awareness that investing in all types of infrastructure absolutely must be a priority for our policymakers,” said Radhika Fox, executive director of the Value of Water Campaign and CEO of the US Water Alliance. “And thanks to our campaign supporters, there are events happening in communities across the country this week to pull back the curtain on often out-of-sight drinking water and wastewater systems so the public can better appreciate why those pipes, plants, and pumps are worthy of investment.”

The results of the poll were released as part of the fifth annual ‘Infrastructure Week’ in the United States. During Infrastructure Week, Value of Water Campaign supporters also hosted other events, including:

  • Resilient Water Management: Strengthening Communities and Growing Economies, hosted by the Value of Water Campaign, the National League of Cities, and World Resources Institute (Washington, D.C.)
  • Groundbreaking Event, hosted by American Water (Indiana, Pa.)
  • Great Water Cities Summit 2017: Invest4Resilience, hosted by Water Environment Federation (New York, N.Y.)
  • Sewer University: Green Infrastructure Edition and Tech Tour, hosted by Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Recovering Resources, Transforming Water, hosted by Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (Chicago, Ill.)

Infrastructure Week is guided by a diverse set of infrastructure stakeholders that form its Steering Committee: the AFL-CIO, American Society of Civil Engineers, Brookings: Metropolitan Policy Program, Building America’s Future, Business Roundtable, National Association of Manufacturers, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Value of Water Campaign.

The theme of Infrastructure Week this year was #TimeToBuild, sending a message to Capitol Hill and the Trump administration that now is the time to act and pass a meaningful, long-term, federal infrastructure package.

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