Boise, Idaho – (Release from Idaho Governor’s Office) Governor Brad Little applauded the Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee after its Wednesday vote to advance the Governor’s budget recommendation for improved water infrastructure across Idaho.
The recommendation included $150 million to maintain and expand water projects that ensure a stable water supply and $115 million to support local drinking water and wastewater systems, with an emphasis on small rural communities in need of infrastructure upgrades that improve water quality.
“Water is our most precious resource, and the demands on our supply of clean, plentiful water will only increase over time. Last year, we put a record $750 million to improve the quality and quantity of water throughout the state as part of our ‘Leading Idaho’ plan. These added investments in water infrastructure approved by JFAC this week is just good government, plain and simple,” Governor Little said.
When it comes to local drinking water and wastewater investments, Governor Little said, “Idaho does not want to be Flint, Michigan. I appreciate legislators for recognizing we need to invest in our local water systems because it keeps your monthly household expenses low, ensures the health and safety of families, continues our economic prosperity, and protects small communities from frivolous lawsuits.”