Rep. Antonio Delgado Introduces Bill to Address Water Contamination in Hoosick Falls, Petersburgh, and Across the Country

February 28, 2019
Press Release
Delgado, an original cosponsor of the legislation, joined Hoosick Falls community leader Michael Hickey at press conference today announcing the bill

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19) joined fellow Members of Congress and Hoosick Falls community leader Michael Hickey to announce a bill to address water contamination in Hoosick Falls, Petersburgh, and across the country.

The comprehensive bill provides communities with federal funds to invest in water infrastructure. It is particularly helpful for communities in New York’s 19th Congressional District, as the legislation has specific funding for rural communities’ water infrastructure needs and communities affected by PFAS/PFOA contamination. Delgado is an original cosponsor of the legislation from Rep. Brenda Lawrence (MI-14).

Watch Delgado’s remarks at today’s press conference announcing the bill.

“With the water contamination that communities in Hoosick and Petersburgh have faced, we need to treat this crisis as the urgent matter that it is,” Delgado said. “This bill will do real good for communities in my district. It’s a bold step toward rebuilding water infrastructure while creating up to a million jobs – I was proud to stand with Michael Hickey to highlight the importance of it.”

The WATER Act opens up federal funding for communities to address PFAS/PFOA contamination, invest in water infrastructure projects, test drinking water in schools, and more. It especially helps rural communities by providing funding for building and repairing household drinking water wells and allows communities affected by PFAS/PFOA contamination to update their water treatment systems or find alternative water sources.

Delgado attended today’s press conference along with Michael Hickey, a community leader who brought to light the water contamination crisis in Hoosick Falls. Delgado also brought Hickey as his guest to the State of the Union to highlight the need to take action on water contamination. Delgado is a founding member of the bipartisan Congressional PFAS Task Force and has been a strong voice urging the Environmental Protection Agency to urgently address water contamination.