Water infrastructure poll shows bipartisan supportA water infrastructure resource bill is among a number of pieces of pending legislation being considered by the 114th Congress as it attempts to wrap things up during its final week of official business.

The bill, the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), would provide critical funding authorization for projects impacting U.S. waterways, ports, locks, dams, and underground pipeline repair and restoration.

In its support for final passage of the bill, AEM released findings of a national poll taken in October that shows strong support among voters for WRDA. Although separate versions of the bill passed the U.S. Senate and House prior to the November election, consensus on a final version has not yet been reached.

“Improving and modernizing U.S. infrastructure overall, and in this case, water infrastructure, continues to be a bipartisan priority among voters,” said  AEM President Dennis Slater. “Congressional leaders in both the U.S. Senate and House are to be commended for taking action on their respective versions of a 2016 WRDA bill, but should reach consensus on a final version before the 114th Congress adjourns.”

AEM’s national poll identified a number of key findings, including:

  • A majority (54 percent) of registered voters say that U.S. water infrastructure is in fair or poor condition.
  • Nearly seven out of 10 (67 percent) of the surveyed population believe that the federal government should spend somewhat more or much more on water pipelines and waterways.
  • More than seven out of every 10 (74 percent) registered voters either support or strongly support Congress passing WRDA.
  • A clear majority (73 percent) of registered voters are either somewhat or much more likely to support WRDA when they learn that it might prevent drinking water crises such as the one in Flint, Michigan.

The national poll was conducted as part of AEM’s ongoing efforts to develop a long-term national vision for U.S. infrastructure through its Infrastructure Vision 2050 initiative. An analysis of the poll results is available here.