America’s water infrastructure woes

America’s water infrastructure woes

Just to focus on the supply side, drinking water is delivered via approximately one million miles of pipes. Most of those pipes were laid in the early to mid-20th century with a lifespan of 75 to 100 years. Many major cities, particularly on the east coast, have water mains that were put in place in the second half of the nineteenth century. 

CHICAGO — One trillion dollars over the next 25 years. That’s the price tag — the conservative price tag — of what it will take to fix America’s crumbling water infrastructure, according to the American Water Works Association.

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