Freshwater Future Weekly: November 5, 2021
THIS WEEK: All About Water’s Convening Returns Beginning of Next Year + Michigan Governor Using State’s Purchasing Power to Reduce PFAS + It’s at the Tap that Drinking Water Must Be Safe!
All About Water’s Convening Returns Beginning of Next Year
Freshwater Future’s All About Water convening in October was incredibly impactful. The focus was how communities can access federal water funds that are coming due to COVID-19, what the processes require, how residents can participate in the process and more. We are especially grateful for a community-oriented State Revolving Fund 101 session that helped provide the basics of how these federal funds pass to states and are then utilized by municipalities. Keep your eyes peeled for information in the coming months about additional convenings in 2022. Remember to check out our Events page for a variety of future opportunities!
Michigan Governor Using State’s Purchasing Power to Reduce PFAS
Governor Whitmer recently issued an executive order requiring state purchasing to prioritize products not containing PFAS. Although just a step in the right direction, it is a step we can all take. Ensuring we use our personal spending power to move companies to prioritize elimination of PFAS in their products is a great way to create personal impact while we also push for the needed regulations to control, ban and clean up these toxic chemicals.
It’s at the Tap that Drinking Water Must Be Safe!
Chicago is estimated to have one of the largest inventory of lead lines within its drinking water infrastructure in the country. Yet Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was quoted as saying “the water that we push out is pure and good.” And while that may be a true statement for what comes out of the plant, the problem with lead lines is that the water from the plant picks up contaminants like lead on the trip to the faucet. At the end of the day, what every resident wants and deserves is clean, safe and affordable water at their tap, regardless of what may be at the plant.