Following a series of clean drinking water crises in Delaware, including in Ellendale and Dover, Delaware lawmakers, led by Governor John Carney announced plans to make major investments in clean water across the first state.
The Clean Water for Delaware Act would create a statewide Clean Water Trust which would be focused on rebuilding the state’s drinking water infrastructure, preventing flooding in vulnerable communities and keeping contamination out of waterways. At it’s start, the Trust will be funded with $50 million dollars from Governor Carney’s proposed Fiscal Year 2021 budget. At the press conference in Dover on Tuesday, the Governor said “From the Brandywine Creek to the Inland Bays, we have special natural places in our state. Water is Delaware’s most basic and valuable resource, and we should protect that resource for future generations.” He continued “We also need to make sure that all Delaware families have access to clean drinking water. Delawareans deserve clean water. It’s as simple as that.”
House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst and Senate President Pro Tempore David McBride are sponsoring the legislation. Representative Longhurst said “This is a monumental piece of legislation for Delaware that impacts a resource we simply cannot live without: water.” Senator McBridge said “No community in Delaware should live in fear of polluted water and failing wastewater systems.” Advocates with the Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club and the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary were also in attendance and praised the legislation.