Flint Water Crisis Dramatically Underscores Need for Water Systems Funding

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The Flint, MI, water crisis underscores the need for significant investment in improvements to water systems across North America, as well as more stringent laws regarding these systems, according to resolutions to be introduced at the 39th General Convention of the United Association of Plumbers, Pipefitters, Sprinkler Fitters, Welders and HVACR Technicians (UA). The convention will be held August 1-5, 2016, in San Diego, CA.

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The UA has repeatedly called for a full investigation of the crisis and a wider effort to protect water systems all across North America.

The resolution notes that in April 2014, the city of Flint, MI, began to use the Flint River as the water source for its residents and what followed was a tragedy for the people of that city. UA Local 370 in Flint spearheaded the response to the crisis, installing filters and fixtures in homes throughout the city so that the people would have safe drinking water.

The resolution, which will be debated and voted on by more than 3,000 delegates to the convention, goes on to note that “the issue with respect to lead contamination is only one aspect of a much larger problem with respect to our drinking water infrastructure, which is in serious need of repair and replacement.” Further, because “Federal, state and local governments have been slow to take action” in the face of the obvious dangers to public health, action is needed to address this problem and to develop effective solutions.

The UA has repeatedly called for a full investigation of the crisis and a wider effort to protect water systems all across North America. This resolution, if approved by the delegates, will further strengthen that position and calls for the work to be done by the skilled piping professionals of the UA.

About the United Association

Founded in 1889, the United Association of Union Plumbers, Pipefitters, Sprinkler Fitters, Welders and HVACR Technicians (UA) is a multi-craft union whose members are engaged in the fabrication, installation and servicing of piping systems. There are over 410,000 members affiliated with the UA throughout North America, Australia, and Ireland, including over 340,000 UA members belonging to more than 300 local unions in the United States and Canada. The theme of the 39th General Convention is Built on Excellence.

***Media instructions: Any media wishing to cover the convention, which will be held at the San Diego Convention Center August 1-5, 2016, should contact Rick Terven, 410-269-2000. After August 1, media should contact Genie Ford, 703-298-7664, onsite contact during the convention.

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