BALTIMORE (AP) — Sen. Ben Cardin says he will hold a hearing on the drinking water and wastewater infrastructure needs of communities nationwide.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake plans to participate in the hearing Tuesday on Capitol Hill. Cardin’s office says Jerry Johnson, the general manager of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, and Kathy Horne, the executive director of the Alabama Rural Water Association, will also be part of a panel at the hearing.

Cardin says local communities are facing challenges including population growth and aging infrastructure. Cardin notes the Water Council of the U.S. Conference of Mayors estimates local government spending on water and sewer infrastructure over the next 20 years may be triple the amount spent over the past half century.

The Maryland Democrat chairs the Senate’s Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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