We Forgot to Pay America's Water Infrastructure Bill
Once every four years, America’s civil engineers provide a comprehensive assessment of the nation’s major infrastructure categories in the American Society of Civil Engineers' (ASCE) Report Card for America’s Infrastructure. In the most recent report released in 2013, America's overall infrastructure received the score of a “D+” with drinking water receiving a "D" due to much of the drinking water infrastructure nearing "the end of its useful life."
The vast majority of water pipes were built in the latter part of the 19th century and have not been replaced or overhauled, causing several communities to experience the public health crisis of lead in drinking water. Water infrastructure needs $126 billion to bring it up to standard. Despite these huge deficits, most Americans pay less than $3.75 for every 1,000 gallons of safe water delivered to their taps.
As part of a year-long series on water issues -- and in honor of Infrastructure Week 2016 -- Greg DiLoreto, P.E., P.LS., D. WRE, past president of ASCE and chair of their 2017Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, discusses the state of America’s water infrastructure.