Four Great Lakes governors call on White House to aid in water infrastructure upgrades

March 2021

Four governors of Great Lakes states on Tuesday called on President Biden to prioritize improvements to the nation's water infrastructure.

In a letter to the president, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D), Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D), Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) and Illinois J.B. Pritzker (D) noted numerous issues they attributed to failure to modernize water infrastructure.

The contamination of drinking water in Flint, Mich., for instance, reflected “historic disinvestment” in nonwhite communities’ infrastructure, “which left that former automotive powerhouse with a failing, oversized system and a shrinking rate base.”

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