"We are losing our attitude of wonder, of contemplation, of listening to creation and thus we no longer manage to interpret within it what Benedict XVI calls 'the rhythm of the love-story between God and man.'"
+ Pope Francis
Infrastructure takes care of people, but it doesn’t take care of itself.
You might think that
If you don’t want to read the report in its immense entirety, American Rivers sums the study up by noting that “the nation must invest $390 billion over a 20 year period to update or replace existing wastewater systems or risk having water quality regress to mid-1970s pollution levels.” And that's just the wastewater side of the equation. Drinking water has many more billions needed.
One solution is a bill currently in the US Senate. S936: The American Infrastructure Investment Fund Act of 2011 is described as a “bill to establish the American Infrastructure Investment Fund and other activities to facilitate investments in infrastructure projects that significantly enhance the economic competitiveness of the
The bottom line is this: the bill will help states and local communities begin to repair, rebuild and restore the reservoirs, pumps, pipes, treatment plants, distribution systems, sewers and wastewater treatment facilities. All this is what keeps us supplied with fresh, clean water, and keeps our polluted water safely in systems that purify it before being discharged back to nature.
You can follow the fate of the bill at govtrack.us. And you can encourage your Senator, and hopefully your Representative, to support it.
After all, clean water is a basic necessity of civilization. Human dignity demands it and the health of all people depends on it.
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Catholic Ecology posts my regular column in the Rhode Island Catholic, as well as scientific and theological commentary about the latest eco-news, both within and outside of the Catholic Church. What is contained herein is but one person's attempt to teach and defend the Church's teachings - ecological and otherwise. As such, I offer all contents of this blog for approval of the bishops of the Church. It is my hope that nothing herein will lead anyone astray from truth.