There are over 30,000 wastewater treatment and collection facilities. Capital investment needs for the nation’s wastewater and storm water systems are estimated to total $298 billion over the next twenty years. Most Americans may never see such a facility since most of this infrastructure is hidden, underground, and out of sight. For every $1.00 invested in public water and sewer infrastructure services, approximately $8.97 is added to the national economy (U.S. Conference of Mayors, 2008). However, if these systems fail, and our drinking and ground water becomes contaminated, we will find ourselves dealing with a crisis of such significance that the costs could be far more than we are able to afford in terms of dollars, quality of life, and future cleanliness of our water supply. We must not let these systems fall into a state of disrepair.
Mesa, Arizona Mayor John Giles explains why infrastructure investment is important in his community.
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