When water infrastructure is underfunded, a simple activity like drinking a glass of tap water could be unsafe. There are over 53,000 community drinking water systems and 21,400 not-for-profit non-community water systems in the U.S. Surprisingly, there are several areas of the nation that are still utilizing water infrastructure systems that pre-date the Civil War. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2013 Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment it is estimated that drinking water utilities will need to invest $384 billion through 2030 to continue to provide safe and sufficient water to the American public (Environmental Protection Agency, 2009). That is a serious level of funding needed but if we are to maintain a first-class society, where people can safely drink from our water systems, we must make these investments.
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About 51% of the generating capacity of the US is in plants that were at least 30 years old at the end of 2010. Most gas-fired capacity is less than 10 years old, while 73% of all coal-fired capacity is 30 years or older.7 Moreover, nationally, 70% of transmission lines and power transformers are 25 years or older, while 60% of circuit breakers are more than 30 years old.