- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut Rep. Elizabeth Esty is urging federal officials to provide more financial resources to help states protect public drinking water.

Esty said in a letter released Wednesday that Connecticut’s Department of Public Health needs more money to support technical staff in its drinking water division, where staffing has been reduced from 50 to 38 employees.

She also supports the agency’s request for more funding to pay for the state’s certified operator program. There’s one person who certifies operators of 2,500 water systems in Connecticut.

Esty called for the federal financial assistance after a recent Associated Press analysis determined dozens of water systems across the state exceeded federal lead levels at least once since January 2013.

The Democrat says “immediate action” is needed to ensure access to safe drinking water.

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