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+.
Public transit reduces gas consumption by 4.1 billion gallons each year.
Rail ridership is up 60% since 1997.
A report on 2019 capital needs by Airports Council International – North America found that airports, including both commercial and general aviation, require more than $128 billion in infrastructure upgrades by 2023. A 28.3% increase from its 2017 report.
Over the next 20 years, 94% of the nation’s economic growth will occur in metropolitan areas.
Only three U.S. ports (Norfolk, Baltimore and Miami) are dredged deep enough to accommodate the post-Panamax ships that will become the norm when the newly widened Panama Canal opens.
By 2030 post-Panamax ships will account for 62 percent of the capacity of the world’s container fleet.