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.
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Capital investment needs for the nation’s wastewater systems are estimated to total $271 billion over the next 25 years.
America must invest $472.6 billion in drinking water systems over the next 20 years to maintain a safe supply for millions of Americans.
The U.S. Conference of Mayors estimates that we need to invest as much as $4.8 trillion in our nation’s water infrastructure over the next 20 years to maintain a state of good repair.
There are over 800,000 miles of public sewer mains in the United States.
In 2017 the American Society of Civil Engineers has graded the nation’s water and wastewater systems a D+.
“You can go a day without a phone or TV. You can’t go a day without water.”
“Water and roads add to the quality of life…..anyone stuck in traffic at rush hour in our cities can speak to that. It also plays a major role in our continued economic development. Whenever we're recruiting a business seeking to relocate or expand, a chief concern of theirs is ensuring there are adequate water, power and transportation systems for their needs.”