As Drinking Water Week concludes, the American Water Works Association and water professionals across North America are advocating for investment in the repair and replacement of local water infrastructure.
It’s critical that water infrastructure is maintained properly given that public health, economic vitality, fire protection and quality of life rely on it. However, much of the water infrastructure in North America needs to be repaired and replaced because of the length of time water pipes have been underground, some have been buried for 75 to 100 years.
Per an AWWA report, repairing and replacing drinking water infrastructure will cost at least $1 trillion over the next 25 years. The potential costs of infrastructure replacement surpass what many water utilities can pay, which means utilities must work together with rate-payers, government officials and other stakeholders to invest in water systems.
“Water infrastructure is crucial to our daily lives and to sustain our future generations,” said AWWA Chief Executive Officer David LaFrance. “It’s essential that our local water utility and government work in harmony with customers to cover the cost of repairing and replacing our water infrastructure.”
More information about water infrastructure is available on DrinkTap.org.
About Drinking Water Week
For more than 35 years, AWWA and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week – a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join together to recognize the vital role water plays in daily lives. Additional information about Drinking Water Week, including free materials for download and celebration ideas, is available on the Drinking Water Week webpage.
Established in 1881, the American Water Works Association is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. With approximately 50,000 members, AWWA provides solutions to improve public health, protect the environment, strengthen the economy and enhance our quality of life.