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Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Sets New Health and Safety Standards for U.S. Homes

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Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Sets New Health and Safety Standards for U.S. Homes

A recently signed infrastructure law seeks to ensure the health and safety of millions of Americans

November 24, 2021
Water infrastructure in Flint

The newly passed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will support public infrastructure and ultimately provide residential access to a strengthened power grid and cleaner drinking water in areas with lead service pipes. The legislation will benefit rural areas like Flint, Michigan, where lead poisoning poses a substantial risk to locals without access to safe drinking water, says Forbes.

Tribal Nations facing water infrastructure deficiencies and limited internet services will also gain sanitation facilities and broadband internet from the new law. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will also allocate $21 billion in Superfund and brownfield cleanup to reduce residential exposure to pollution near those sites in an effort to improve the health and safety of millions of Americans.

Wellness design and federal legislation rarely intersect, but the just-signed bipartisan infrastructure deal – officially named Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act – has several  components that will benefit Americans’ well-being where they live.

While most of the funds will go toward public infrastructure, such as airports, bridges, roads, tunnels and ports, providing residential access to high speed internet, removing lead pipes, strengthening the power grid and cleaning up polluted Superfund sites will substantially benefit homes, health and safety.  

“Currently, up to 10 million households lack safe drinking water,” the White House fact sheet reads, touting $55 billion to expand access to clean drinking water for households and other facilities.

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