Illinois Senators To Introduce Bill Aimed At Keeping Drinking Water Safer For Communities

July 11, 2018
Illinois Senator Dick Durbin is just one Democrat who has signed on to support a bill to help small and disadvantaged communities improve the safety of their drinking water.

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin is just one Democrat who has signed on to support a bill to help small and disadvantaged communities improve the safety of their drinking water.

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Illinois Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth have signed on with ten other Democrats to support a bill to help small and disadvantaged communities improve the safety of their drinking water.

Senator Edward Markey of Massachusetts is re-introducing the bill, which would allocate more than $1 billion dollars to help those communities replace contaminated water infrastructure to meet Safe Drinking Water Act requirements.

The bill would also create a system so residents can request in-home water quality tests from the EPA and receive the test results quickly.

Senator Durbin says every community should have access to clean and safe drinking water, regardless of whether that community is big small, wealthy or poor.

Senator Duckworth says contaminated water is a public health crisis in many communities, and that passing this bill can help solve this crisis.

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