Massachusetts communities are around $18 billion short of the amount needed to keep their water infrastructure running smoothly over the next two decades, according to a recent report by Auditor Suzanne Bump. And the problem is likely to get worse. “It’s a challenge that’s likely to increase as the impacts of climate change and economic growth place additional strains on existing infrastructure,” Bump said in a statement. Water infrastructure — which includes clean water delivery, wastewater treatment and stormwater management — is generally a local government responsibility. Bump’s office, through its division focused on local mandates, provided a statewide snapshot based on surveys sent out to cities and towns of the struggles faced by local communities.
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