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Renewed Call for Infrastructure Investments to Improve Nation's Water Quality

By TWC News Web Staff
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 06:42 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Amid the water issues in Hoosick Falls and also to the west in Flint, Michigan, Rep. Paul Tonko is calling for funding to fix our nation's aging infrastructure.

Speaking with Capital Tonight's Liz Benjamin, Tonko reiterated the importance of clean drinking water and the need to engage in dialogue about investing in improving our water systems.

Tonko says a big concern is that with decades old infrastructure and changing technology, parts needed to fix old pipes may be discontinued and hard to find. 

"It concerns me that communities can be put at risk with their water supplies, be it faulty governance, which I think happened in Flint, or environmental externalities that impacted Hoosick Falls," said Tonko, D-20th District.

"Whatever those forces might be, we need to put together a system that allows for public awareness and soundness of governance that won't delay things and immorally allow people to drink lead-infested water."