Back on February 16 I wrote http://jubakpicks.com/more-than-one-third-of-u-s-households-will-struggle-to-pay-their-water-bills-within-the-next-five-years/ about a study that found that 41 million households in the United States would face unaffordable water bills–using the Environmental Protection Agency’s definition of affordability–by 2020.
Plans in the Trump administration’s draft budget to cut funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to just $10 million in fiscal 2018 from its nearly $300 million allocation this year certainly won’t make the affordability and availability of clean water less of a crisis. The Great Lakes provides local grants for projects that restore areas of concern that have been damaged by decades of industrial pollution. The Great Lakes hold 18% of the world’s fresh water and provide drinking water to nearly 40 million people.
The cuts were included in an internal recommendation from the Office of Management and Budget.