Blog  /  May 2018

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Things You Should Know About Flint, Michigan

By Splashlink Team

In April of this year, Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan announced that the state plans to discontinue providing free bottled water to the City of Flint once the current state-funded supply of bottled water has depleted. The governor feels it is now safe to end this free water distribution since lead levels in public drinking water have not exceeded federal limits for nearly two years. The federal limit for lead in drinking water is 15 parts per billion (ppb). Over a six-month period, monthly blood testing results show 90% of high-risk samples are at 4 ppb, making the water safe to drink by these standards. The decision to end supplying free bottled water has not been met with good reception, as many residents still distrust drinking, cooking or showering with the city’s water.

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Designing the Financial Bridge for Funding Water Infrastructure: Affordability Section

By Arthine Cossey van Duyne -- Managing Partner, WaterFunder LLC

Everybody knows that water is essential to life.  Not just “water” in and of itself, but affordable access to clean drinking water and safe wastewater systems is needed to keep the public healthy, the economy thriving, and our communities safe and whole.  However, there is a funding gap for the infrastructure needed to deliver clean drinking water to small, medium, and rural communities in America.  There is enough money available for every water infrastructure project, but we have a system of barriers that prevent these crucial projects from getting the funding they need.  What we need is a “financial bridge” made up of the processes, frameworks, and mindsets needed to overcome these barriers and bring us over the funding gap.  We’ve already talked about how to design the financial bridge, where the money is going to come from, and the legislative barriers that need to be overcome, and now we are going to explore the affordability section of that Financial Bridge.

 

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