The National Infrastructure Act

by James J. Howard, US House of Representatives, Committee on Public Works &, Transportation, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Rebuilding America: Infrastructure Rehabilitation


Today, more than ever before, the United States faces a serious problem related to the condition and adequacy of its basic infrastructure - surface transportation, water supply and distribution, sewer collection and treatment facilities. Economic data indicate that the country's investment in its infrastructure has not kept pace with its needs. While today's society has stressed the development of a fifth generation of computers, it has also neglected the preservation of the current generation's transportation and water systems. Years of declining investment in our basis live-support systems have undermined our Nation's productive and commercial capacity. Between 1971 and 1981, spending by all levels of government on highways, bridges, mass transit, water, and sewers dropped from 1. 5 percent of GNP to . 78 percent.

Subject Headings: Infrastructure | Investments | Surface water | Water treatment plants | Water supply systems | Water transportation | Sewers | Economic factors | United States

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