Water and sewer systems could be closer to necessary upgrades, and schools closer to modernization, if President Barack Obama's priorities are given attention by Congress. In his State of the Union address, Obama talked about "an aging infrastructure badly in need of repair." Analysts point out that because 85% of U.S. residents get their water from systems owned or managed by government entities and a great many of those systems are obsolete, water should be at the top of the investment list. Obama wants to move ahead with public-private partnerships that would help create "modern ports to move our goods, modern pipelines to withstand a storm, modern schools worthy of our children."

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