FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

APRIL 1, 2016

CONTACTS: Tim Zink, 410-962-4436/Marty Welch 202-224-4524

MEDIA ADVISORY

Cardin, Baltimore Mayor Rawlings-Blake to Spotlight Importance of Safe, Lead-free Drinking Water

Senator, mayor to tour Ashburton Filtration Plant, discuss the many ways elected officials are striving to ensure that drinking water is free of lead and other pollutants

Monday, April 4 at 10:30 AM, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Mayor of Baltimore, will tour the Ashburton Filtration Plant and hold a subsequent media availability to discuss the many ways that elected officials at all levels are working to ensure that all Marylanders have access to safe, lead-free drinking water.

“Americans have a right to expect that water coming from their taps is safe to drink. We can no longer delay needed upgrades to our infrastructure, strengthening drinking water protections and forever getting lead and other contaminants out of public water supplies,” said Senator Cardin.

“We urgently need to minimize the risks to our communities and our children. Urban, rural and suburban neighborhoods – in every community in America – all rely on safe, clean water. Our health and our livelihoods will continue to be in danger if we do not act swiftly and decisively.”

“No community should be shortchanged when it comes to the responsibilities of the local, state and federal governments to ensure clean drinking water,” said Mayor Rawlings-Blake. “As the President of the United States Conference of Mayors, I – and my fellow mayors of both parties – have advocated for federal infrastructure investment. When you look at the water issues facing our cities, whether in Flint, Mich., or here in Baltimore, a root cause is money not being there to refurbish and replace old infrastructure years ago. This must change. Both parties need to come together now, today, to provide funds to expedite this important work.”

WHAT:                      Tour and Media Availability on Safe Drinking Water

WHO:                        U.S. Senator Ben Cardin

                                                Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Mayor of Baltimore

Rudolph Chow, Director, Baltimore City Department of Public Works

WHEN:                      Monday, April 4 at 10:30 AM  

WHERE:                    Ashburton Filtration Plant, 3001 Druid Park Dr., Baltimore, MD

HOW:                        MEDIA are encouraged to RSVP to Tim Zink tim_zink@cardin.senate.gov