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Michigan Should Do More to Encourage Private Investment in the State's Water Infrastructure


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THE E-P-A ESTIMATES THAT MICHIGAN NEEDS NEARLY 15-BILLION DOLLARS--IN CAPITAL-SPENDING, OVER THE NEXT 20 YEARS--TO MAINTAIN THE WATER-SYSTEMS THAT WE RELY ON, EVERY DAY, FOR DRINKING, WASHING, AND BATHING.  MANY BELIEVE THAT IMPROVEMENTS IN MICHIGAN'S WATER-INFRASTRUCTURE WILL ENCOURAGE COMMUNITY-DEVELOPMENT, IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT, AND ENHANCE WATER-SYSTEM PERFORMANCE.  HOWEVER, TODAY, THE MOST-IMPORTANT REASON TO INVEST IN PIPES AND TREATMENT-FACILITIES MAY LIE IN JOB-CREATION--AND THE RESULTING-STIMULUS THAT OCCURS.  WATER-POLICY EXPERT, AND NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WATER COMPANIES EXECUTIVE-DIRECTOR, MICHAEL DEANE, SAYS THAT--OUT OF ALL THE SOLUTIONS THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO EASE MICHIGAN'S WATER-INFRASTRUCTURE WOES--PRIVATE-INVESTMENT OFFERS THE MOST LASTING-BENEFITS...

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WITH AN ALREADY-STORMY ECONOMIC-CLIMATE AND NECESSARY-REPAIRS AHEAD, THERE DOESN'T SEEM TO BE A LOT OF GOOD-NEWS.  BUT, THERE ARE EXISTING-SOLUTIONS [THAT ARE] BEING EMPLOYED IN OTHER STATES THAT CAN ALSO HELP LESSEN MICHIGAN'S WATER-INFRASTRUCTURE CHALLENGES.  WHAT THESE SOLUTIONS HAVE IN COMMON IS THAT THEY'RE ALL INNOVATIVE, THEY'RE SUSTAINABLE, AND THEY INCREASE OVERALL PRIVATE-INVESTMENT IN WATER.
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WITH MICHIGAN'S WASTE-WATER- AND DRINKING-WATER-RELATED INFRASTRUCTURE-NEEDS NOW CLOSE TO 15-BILLION DOLLARS, DEANE BELIEVES THAT IT'S TIME TO ASK WHAT POLICYMAKERS ARE DOING TO ENCOURAGE PRIVATE-INVESTMENT...

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INVESTMENT IN WATER-INFRASTRUCTURE WILL DO MORE THAN [JUST] IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF [BOTH] OUR WATER AND OUR ENVIRONMENT.  THE SIMPLE-TRUTH IS THAT INFRASTRUCTURE-INVESTMENT ALSO MEANS MUCH-NEEDED JOBS, ACROSS OUR COMMUNITIES--IMPACTING CONTRACTORS, MANUFACTURERS, SERVICE-PEOPLE, AND BUSINESSES.  ALL INVESTMENT IN WATER-INFRASTRUCTURE IS LOCAL--AND OUR FUTURE IS AN INVESTMENT [THAT] WE CAN ALL GET BEHIND."

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FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT "WATER IS YOUR BUSINESS"--AND THE IMPORTANCE OF NEW PRIVATE WATER-INVESTMENT IN MICHIGAN--VISIT "WATER-IS-YOUR-BUSINESS"-DOT-ORG.



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