As a community activist, I spent four years of intense work advocating for clean water in South Granville County, where water bills are 85% higher than the state average ($140/mo for 2 people). The water quality is so bad many residents have turned to installing water filters and/or buying bottled water. The infrastructure is so old and outdated, it has even brought development to a screeching halt due to lack of capacity.
During those four years, I contacted U.S. Sens. Thom Tillis and Richard Burr, as well as President Trump, for assistance, and received the same response from everyone … none.
What I also discovered was that North Carolina has about $30 million for water infrastructure projects but the needs of the state exceed $26 billion. This is a substantial shortfall, which means most counties won’t be able to secure the funds required to maintain or upgrade aging, failing systems.
South Granville alone is currently spending $15 million and still in need of an additional $40 million, just to catch up. It is obvious that federal assistance is needed, not only for our state, but the entire nation. Yet the current administration has had four years and has not even mentioned the issue.
We need someone who both understands the need and acknowledges it. Enter Joe Biden, the Democratic Party nominee for president.
At his campaign website, Biden says that he will make far-reaching investments in infrastructure, including laying a foundation for sustainable growth to “compete in the global economy, withstand the impacts of climate change, and improve public health, including access to clean air and clean water.”
Pure water is one of man’s greatest needs, and we need a president who is willing to tackle the issue head on. It sounds like Joe Biden could be that person. This November, “Go For Joe.” We need a president who is willing to truly “Make America Great Again.”
John Mayo, Butner