Weekly Poll (6)


Recently, two lawmakers on the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee released two pieces of draft legislation that would authorize the investment of $19.5 billion in the nation’s water infrastructure. Do you think the legislation will have a positive impact on pending Army Corps projects and EPA-headed endeavors?


Recently, wastewater officials reported a surge in backed-up sewer lines and even overflowing toilets, among other issues, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Do you believe the industry will see a continued increase of negative effects on sewer systems and pumps until the pandemic is resolved?


Mayor Byron W. Brown, of Buffalo, New York, recently announced that the city would be launching a $30 million Environmental Impact Bond to capitalize on the Rain Check Buffalo program, which focuses on implementing green infrastructure. Do you think other cities will follow suit for similar programs?


Last month, the City of Dallas unveiled “Big Tex,” a tunnel-boring machine slated to dig a 5-mile-long tunnel under the city that intends to provide flood protection for 100 years began its work. Expected to reach competition by fall 2023, do you think the $300 million project will successfully protect roughly 2,200 properties from future floods?


A bill was filed by Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, after a Florida county’s Bee Ridge treatment facility witnessed a pipe burst, releasing an estimated 900,000 gallons of wastewater, some of which flowed into a stormwater system and out into Sarasota Bay. The proposal suggests that if another sewage spill were to occur, $1 would be fined for every gallon lost. Do you think this legislation will encourage more improvements in wastewater infrastructure?


Fresno, CA, recently banned the use of galvanized pipe for water service in new construction and remodels from fears of corrosion and drinking-water contamination. What do you think of this move?


 
 
   

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