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The Water Infrastructure Crisis – Part 1

The Value of Water Coalition just released detailed results from their national poll on the general public’s opinion on the state of U.S. water infrastructure. The survey revealed that 60% of Americans are willing to pay more to improve water infrastructure, even if their water bill increased by 10%.

Data analysis revealed 95% of participants want pubic officials to modernize water infrastructure systems to prevent future crises like Flint happening in other cities. After all, Flint is not the only place in the U.S. that has outdated water infrastructure. There are currently more than 6 million lead service lines across the country, and the EPA estimates that replacing them will cost nearly $275 billion. Moreover, at least $385 billion is needed to begin making water infrastructure improvements by 2030.

A graphic depicting some of the results of the national poll by the Value of Water Coalition.

A graphic depicting some of the results of the national poll by the Value of Water Coalition.

The bottom line is that everyone is dependent on water infrastructure and the time to invest in it is long overdue. Stay tuned for WASDA’s Part 2 Blog post on this critical issue later this month.

To view the results of the national poll click here.