U.S. Water Infrastructure Receives Nearly Failing Grade

By John McLain, PE

The Water Innovations Alliance (WIA) recently completed an assessment of the state of the U.S. water infrastructure, which was given an overall grade of D- by the American Society of Civil Engineers in its most recent infrastructure report card.

Underlying that nearly failing grade, WIA produced some startling statistics in a recent newsletter (not yet posted to their website):

  • More than 20% of U.S. water treatment systems – serving 49 million people — have violated provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act at some point in the past five years.
  • About 15% of municipal water is lost to leaks, representing 7 billion gallons of clean drinking water PER DAY.
  • The U.S. water system represents more than 4% of total U.S. electricity usage.
  • Up to 20 years of significant investment are required to stabilize and modernize the U.S. water infrastructure, with about $300 billion capital required.

Learn more at http://advancedenergyblog.clevelandfoundation.org/, and contact john@baselinecorp.com to make infrastructure upgrades.