Mayors from across the country gathered in Flint on Friday to address the needs of the nation’s water infrastructure.
They shared information on critical issues such as water technology and management methods.
The U.S. Conference of Mayors said cities already face the daunting task mandated by Congress of replacing thousands of miles of failing pipes.
“We need funding for that. You know, when mandates are put in place, but the funding doesn’t go along with that, what do you do,” Flint Mayor Karen Weaver said.
Weaver said while the city has been lucky enough to receive some federal assistance, others have not.
She believes discussions, like the one held on Friday, will enable them to come up with a plan to present to Congress next year.
“We set up meetings with different departments in the White House and in January it’ll be interesting because you’ll have at least 300 to 400 mayors standing there with you saying here’s what we need all across this country,” Weaver said.
Congressman Dan Kildee was at the conference to assist them.
“My goal is that right after the first of the year we get immediately to work on a national infrastructure bill that includes really significant investment in water infrastructure,” Kildee said.
Weaver said Flint needs more help.
“We’re getting some of the water infrastructure fixed, but we’re not done,” Weaver said.