One of the most pressing issues facing our country is the need to upgrade the nation's water infrastructure.

The American Water Works Association estimates that restoring existing water systems as they reach the end of their useful lives and expanding them to serve a growing population will cost at least $1 trillion over the next 25 years, if we are to maintain current levels of water service.

When it comes to agreeing on a national vision for infrastructure, and a plan to pay for it, we have a long way to go. Regional projects with implications for the national economy aren’t getting the funding they need. And state and local projects that depend, even partly, on federal funding, loans, permitting, and new regulatory action, aren’t breaking ground.

False starts, delayed starts, deferred maintenance, and inadequate levels of investment are putting our infrastructure, our health and safety, and our economy at risk. Cities, counties, states and the private sector are working hard, but need a strong, reliable federal partner to get the job done.

May 13-20 is Infrastructure Week 2019 in the U.S. and Clow Valve is proud of the important role we play in our nation's water infrastructure. Our team members manufacture safe, strong and sustainable valves, fittings and hydrants that deliver water throughout the US. During Infrastructure Week 2019, we join the millions of Americans who are urging their elected officials to invest in this critical need, an investment that will pay dividends for future generations.

Mark Willett

Oskaloosa

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