USEPA Looks to
Denver Water as Example for
$2 Trillion American Jobs Plan
By Cathy Proctor
ROCKY MOUNTAIN WATER JULY-AUGUST 2021 | 25
Leaders from water utilities and community organizations nationwide met virtually with the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Michael Regan, to
discuss infrastructure needs, jobs and how to reach diverse communities. Photo credit: CREA Results.
IN EARLY APRIL, MORE THAN A DOZEN LEADERS OF
water utilities and community partners met virtually
with Michael Regan, head of the US Environmental
Denver Water CEO/Manager Jim Lochhead was invited to
be on the call, as was Fernando Pineda-Reyes, the CEO and
founder of CREA Results, one of the many contractors working
with Denver Water on its Lead Reduction Program.
They discussed the water industry’s infrastructure needs, the
jobs it can provide, how utilities are connecting with hard-to-reach
communities and customers, and the money dedicated
to the industry as part of the $2 trillion American Jobs Plan
proposed by President Joe Biden on March 31.
The plan (still being negotiated at press time) proposes to
spend $111 billion on water infrastructure. It calls for reducing
lead in schools and childcare facilities and removing the
estimated six to 10 million lead service lines that carry water
into U.S. homes.
That effort is well underway in the Denver metro area with
Denver Water’s Lead Reduction Program.
“The discussion highlighted the fact that local leaders
need a stronger federal partner when it comes to water
infrastructure. The American Jobs Plan would do just that
while providing the resources that communities desperately