Jan 29, 2020

Mayors: Water tops city infrastructure needs

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Reproduced from Menino Survey of Mayors, 2019; Chart: Axios Visuals

Water-related projects topped the list of infrastructure priorities for mayors, according to the 2019 Menino Survey of Mayors released this month.

Why it matters: The survey revealed urgency around investments in water, wastewater and stormwater facilities, with mayors 10 percentage points more likely to focus on that issue than four years ago.

  • Extreme weather events and flooding is putting increased pressure on aging structures.
  • A 2018 study found three-quarters of U.S. cities reported that heavy rain events or inland flooding had increased in intensity, frequency or location in the last five years.

The intrigue: When asked which project they would fund if they received a large unrestricted grant, only 4% of the 119 mayors surveyed listed broadband as a top infrastructure need. And broadband didn't make the priority list at all when asked about smaller-scale projects.

Between the lines: Both parties tout the benefits of broadband and 5G as being essential 21st-century infrastructure.

  • But the fact that it's not among the top funding priorities suggests climate-related challenges and crumbling infrastructure like roads and bridges are seen as more pressing.

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