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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Food and Water Watch - How Do We Prevent the Next Flint?

It's 2016.
ALL Americans Should Have Safe Drinking Water
Flint water
Dear Cathy,

The disaster in Flint has put a spotlight on our nation's crumbling drinking water systems and everybody is wondering:

How do we make sure Flint’s heartbreaking situation isn’t repeated throughout communities across the U.S.?
The answer is simple: The federal government MUST invest in the American people and our infrastructure to ensure that everyone has access to safe, affordable drinking water.¹Food & Water Watch has a strategic campaign to force Congress to act — but before we can commit to moving forward with our plan, we need to know that we can count on you.
Will you commit to a small monthly donation to help launch our campaign to fix our nation's crumbling water systems?

What happened in Flint was no accident. It was the result of politicians recklessly slashing spending instead of protecting the very people they are supposed to represent.²

Many of our nation’s water systems are over 100 years old — it's no wonder that systems are starting to crumble. In the 1970s, Congress passed the Clean Water Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act and began allocating more funding to fix our aging water infrastructure. But since then, federal funding for water infrastructure has been slashed time and again. We went from spending $17 billion in 1977 (adjusted for inflation) on our nation's water systems to $4 billion in 2014 — a 74% decrease.

As a nation, we've taken access to clean water for granted. But now, our water infrastructure is crumbling and it’s poisoning the most vulnerable among us. In fact, the American Society of Civil Engineers' report card for water infrastructure gives the U.S. a D.³

If we don’t fix this now, more communities will be in crisis — and Flint's crisis shows just how much is at stakeWe need to know we have dedicated Food & Water Partners before we can take on this long-term fight. We've done the math and we need five people from each state to sign up as Partners to donate at least $10 monthly. Can we count on you to be one of the five new Partners from Georgia?

Yes, I'm in. I will donate monthly to help mobilize for our drinking water systems.
No, I don't think water infrastructure is an important issue for you to work on.

We know that Congress will not act without pressure. It's up to us to demand action to fix our decaying water systems and protect our children.

Food & Water Watch was founded 10 years ago on the core principle that access to safe, affordable drinking water is a human right. In 2008, we introduced legislation to create dedicated funding to maintain our aging water infrastructure. Without a powerful movement behind it, funding for our water systems hovered at an all time low, and the bill didn't pass.

It's tragic that it's taken a crisis like Flint to draw national attention back to this issue, but now is the time to fix our broken systems.

So what's the plan? Our incredible staff has already drafted legislation that would adequately fund our water infrastructure across the U.S. We need resources to get our staff to Capitol Hill and in district offices to persuade members of Congress to introduce and support the bill. We need your help to educate people about how the tragedy in Flint happened and how we can stop it from happening again. And we need resources to bring people together in key districts to finally move this critical legislation.

Funding clean water for all of us should not be controversial, but in this political climate and an election year, it won't be easy. We don't take any money from corporations or the government, so we count on people like you to give us the dedicated support we need to take on long-term campaigns.

Will you sign up to donate monthly as a Food & Water Partner to help us secure the long-term infrastructure investments needed to stop another Flint?

With your financial support, we can work to make sure the families of Flint and all of our families have access to clean drinking water. We’ll continue to educate and mobilize everyday people to make our democracy work. It’s not glitzy or glamorous, but it is the determined hard work we must do in order to stand up to corporations that put profits before people and make our democracy work for people and the environment.

I hope you will become a Food & Water Partner today to do even more to fight for water for all.

Thanks for your support,

Wenonah Hauter

Wenonah Hauter
Executive Director
Food & Water Watch

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