Water Infrastructure Needs Getting Sidelined At Statehouse

Some Indiana lawmakers are concerned that an infrastructure funding debate this session will focus almost exclusively on roads and bridges, and a water infrastructure discussion will get drowned out. Two recent reports put the cost of maintaining Indiana’s water and sewer infrastructure at anywhere between about $300 million and $800 million every year, with more than $2 billion needed immediately to upgrade the system. Yet, House Ways and Means Chair Rep. Tim Brown, R-Crawfordsville, says the priority next session will be paying for roads and bridges, not for what he calls “underground infrastructure.” “I haven’t even thought about what the price tag would be for the underground infrastructure,” Brown says. “I’ll cross that bridge, literally, when we get to it.”

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