A significant water line bursts on average every two minutes somewhere in the United States.
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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.
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 2021 the American Society of Civil Engineers has graded the nation’s water and wastewater systems a D+.
Public transit reduces gas consumption by 4.1 billion gallons each year.
Rail ridership is up 60% since 1997.