The following letter to the editor was published in Hudson Valley 360 on February 19, 2021 and was written by Maggie Shugrue, Clean Water Intern at EANY.
To the editor:
Water main breaks disrupt communities’ access to clean drinking water, and the recent water main break in Kinderhook is just one example of New York’s aging water infrastructure. Funding for new water infrastructure is essential to help communities across the state fix their pipes and boost the economy. This water main break shut off water for over 24 hours, and a boil water advisory was put in place for the Valatie Water District for nearly six days. This is not an isolated incident, however, as water main breaks are happening throughout New York State. With COVID-19, a lack of access to clean water puts the health of citizens of these communities at greater risk.
Clean Water Intern
Environmental Advocates NY