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EPA chief: Too many Americans lack clean water access

The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency came to New Orleans to talk about clean water.

New Orleans native Lisa Jackson delivered the keynote address at the WEF-TEC convention Monday.  It's a gathering of water quality professionals from around the world.

2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act and Jackson says there is still progress to be made, even today.

"All that wonderful monitoring technology you keep inventing means we know we have bigger problems than we thought sometimes," Jackson said.  "92 percent of Americans have access to clean water.  Eight percent of the American people still, in this day and age, don't have access to water that meets all federal standards."

Jackson says water infrastructure is often the lowest priority among all public infrastructure.

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