In the underground construction industry, the fact that American sewers are overtaxed and given to overflows that endanger public health is no secret. But raising public awareness is a problem, and we’re happy to see items in the general interest press like Sunday’s New York Times article focusing on the issue: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/23/us/23sewer.html?_r=2&hp (free registration many be required).
“But [the money included in last year’s stimulus bill] is only a small fraction of what is needed, officials say. And over the last two decades, federal money for such programs has fallen by 70 percent, according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, which estimates that a quarter of the state’s sewage and wastewater treatment plants are ‘using outmoded, inadequate technology.'”
You can also view the comments at http://community.nytimes.com/comments/www.nytimes.com/2009/11/23/us/23sewer.html–what would you advise someone who’s just learning of this issue do to help?