Roads and bridges aren’t the only parts of the nation’s infrastructure in desperate need of repair.
A new federal government report out Tuesday shows that much of the nation’s drinking water infrastructure “has reached or is approaching the end of its useful life” and that nearly $400 billion is needed to fix it.
The survey, released every four years by the Environmental Protection Agency, examined more than 3,000 public drinking water systems across the U.S. It found that many of those systems — some of which are 50 years old or older — need massive upgrades before 2030.
“The survey EPA released today shows that the nation’s water systems have entered a rehabilitation-and-replacement era in which much of the existing infrastructure has reached or is approaching the end of its useful life,” said Bob Perciasepe, EPA’s acting administrator. “This is a major issue that must be addressed so that American families continue to have the access they need to clean and healthy water sources.”
Specifically, the study found that: $247.5 billion is needed to replace or repair aging water distribution lines; nearly $73 billion must be put into treatment systems; it would take about $40 billion to adequately rehabilitate water storage reservoirs; and more than $20 billion is needed to construct or fix intake structures and wells.