Big Investment—Even Bigger Task

President Joe Biden’s $45 billion plan to replace the country’s aging, lead-laced water systems is a long-overdue move, writes Gabriel Filippelli, an Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis professor.
Affecting primarily poor communities of color, lead exposure has taken a heartbreaking toll on children for decades—causing permanent damage that leads to lower IQs and low impulse control as well as other lifelong challenges.
But thousands of water systems need fixing, and “cities will need to get creative to make available funds go far,” he warns.
PBS NewsHour/The Conversation

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