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HBRAMA joins coalition lobbying for more money for water infrastructure

By April 14, 2022January 12th, 2023No Comments

The HBRAMA recently announced it officially joined the #InvestInWaterMA coalition, adding the home buildings industry’s support for prioritizing critical investments in water, sewer, and stormwater infrastructure.

The #InvestInWaterMA campaign, organized and led by the Utility Contractors Association of New England (UCANE), now counts 11 major business, environmental, and water-infrastructure groups as members and supporters and continues to seek new supporters throughout the Commonwealth. “Adequate and resilient water infrastructure, including potable water systems and sewer and stormwater management, is a prerequisite for our members to build the housing required to meet the needs of the citizens of the Commonwealth,’’ said HBRAMA President Emerson Clauss III.

The HBRAMA joins a growing list of coalition members that now includes the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS, Massachusetts Biotechnology Council (MassBIO), NAIOP Massachusetts, the 495/MetroWest Partnership, the American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Water Works Association, the Wastewater Advisory Committee of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, the New England Water Works Association, and the Charles River Watershed Association.

With state and local officials poised to make crucial decisions this year about investing federal and state infrastructure and COVID relief funding, the #InvestInWaterMA campaign has highlighted a water infrastructure funding gap estimated by the Office of the State Auditor in 2017 as $18 billion over 20 years for drinking-water infrastructure alone. Also unfunded are billions of dollars more in critically needed upgrades, repairs, and expansions for sanitary sewers, stormwater facilities, and remediation of combined sewer overflows. To learn more about the #InvestInWaterMA campaign, please visit