Drinking water across America is delivered via one million miles of pipes.
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In 2015, the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that cost of replacing drinking water or waste water infrastructure in rural communities to be almost $190 billion in the coming years.
A one day disruption in water service would cost $43.5 billion in sales and $22.5 billion in GDP.
Over the next decade, the U.S. needs to invest an additional $82 billion per year in water infrastructure at all levels of government, and all over the country.
The federal government's contribution to water infrastructure capital spending has fallen from 63 percent of total capital spending in 1977 to just nine percent of total capital spending in 2014.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that approximately 4,000 to 5,000 miles of drinking water mains are replaced annually.
The United States loses approximately 6 billion gallons a day—enough water to supply the entire state of California.
A significant water line bursts on average every two minutes somewhere in the United States.
There are an estimated 240,000 water main breaks per year in the United States.
The average household water bill is about $335 per year.
There are approximately 151,000 public water systems in the United States.
Of the $472.6 billion needed to safeguard the nation’s drinking water, the most significant expense, $312.6 billion, should go to replacing aging pipes, many of which are 50 to 100 years old.