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Underground infrastructure: What’s coming down the pipe?

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American infrastructure is in critical condition and the need for investment has remained constant for decades. That said, there have been several forces at play in recent years, from politics to changing weather patterns, and it’s important to understand how those different factors influence investment in U.S. infrastructure.



Here’s a few stories that reflect the state of the industry today.



The House authorizes funding for safe drinking water initiatives



Earlier this month, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill to fund water infrastructure programs with a particular focus on safe drinking water. The policy renews funding for existing programs while authorizing two new EPA grant programs and a few other spending priorities. Water Finance & Management explains exactly what is covered under the new bill.



Investors raising debt funds for U.S. infrastructure



The private sector has a track record of stepping in to fill gaps in federal infrastructure funding, and this year is no different. Bloomberg reports a growing number of private investors are raising debt funds for U.S. infrastructure initiatives.



A more recent Bloomberg Q&A discusses possible alternatives to the nation’s current approach to infrastructure.



Calling for infrastructure leadership in the U.S.



Criticism for a lack of follow-through on infrastructure funding has been a major talking point throughout several administrations, and many of the industry’s leading figures stress that infrastructure should be a bipartisan issue. An interview in Icons of Infrastructure explores this idea and emphasizes the urgent need for infrastructure leadership in the United States.



Discussing the options in infrastructure policy



U.S. infrastructure projects are notoriously underfunded, and the increase in natural disasters in recent years has only put more pressure on an already stressed, aging system. A podcast from the University of Pennsylvania (with a transcript below) proposes four policy changes that could help revitalize the America’s infrastructure.