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April 2023: The United States Makes New Investments in Drinking Water Infrastructure

Hello everyone! Welcome back to another blog post by your host, Aryana Wadhwani. This month we will discuss the United States' new improvements announced by the EPA concerning drinking water infrastructure.



A general overview!

Over the past decade, the United States has reiterated its need to improve its drinking water infrastructure. Finally, about a week ago, the Biden-Harris administration and the EPA main administrator, Micheal S. Reagan, closely collaborated and set out to invest $6.5 billion in various innovation systems to ensure that every community within the United States has clean access to drinking water and is set out to protect citizens from PFAS pollutants.


….What are PFAS pollutants?

PFAS or perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl pollutants are a group of synthetic chemicals that have been utilized in various industries since the 1950s. These chemicals are pervasive and create significant conflicts for biodiversity in regions all across the globe, especially in the European Union and the United States.



What new scientific and other socioeconomic benefits can come out of this?

Many!


As environmental injustice within various communities are recently through the State Infrastructure Program, and luckily, innovation is on the rise, climate, and wastewater experts can infer that there will be a greater, positive correlation between the health of the U.S. population and treated wastewater to various communities. These positives help to further the advances of the Justice40 initiative by President Joe Biden when first inaugurated into the White House in January 2021.


Additionally, funding to help reinvigorate and create new water systems creates more jobs for environmentally-stressed communities throughout the United States.


Finally, federal agencies and other top corporations and organizations can advance their methods to mitigate environmental injustice and threats in disadvantaged communities.


Biden’s presidential agenda involving this massive yet impactful investment is one of many milestones to help fight environmental injustice and build resilience against climate change. The scientific community looks forward to what new innovation is to come!



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