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Infrastructure ImageThe systems that treat, distribute, collect, and clean water in the United States are all part of its water infrastructure.  One and a half million miles of pipeline comprise this infrastructure, most of which was built nearly a century ago and is literally falling apart.  Most pipelines only have a lifespan of 50 to 100 years and were originally designed for populations half their current size. 

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  • Infrastructure 2010 Investment Imperative - A growing number of urban areas throughout the United States — in both dry and rainy locales — are facing pressures on their water infrastructure systems, necessitating greater investments for overhaul and a change in development patterns that are more conducive to conservation, according to a new publication released by the Washington-based Urban Land Institute (ULI). "Infrastructure 2010: An Investment Imperative" summarizes the water infrastructure issues — accessibility and availability, treatment and delivery — communities are facing, and highlights specific water issues in 14 U.S. cities.

  • USCM Releases New Report on Projected Water, Wastewater Costs - The U.S. Conference of Mayors Water Council released a report on March 15 entitled Trends in Local Government Expenditures on Public Water and Wastewater Services and Infrastructure: Past, Present and Future. The report forecasts that future spending for public water and wastewater systems will range between $2.5 and $4.8 trillion over the next 20-year period 2009 to 2028...

  • Confronting Climate Change: An Early Analysis of Water and Wastewater Adaptation Costs was recently released by NACWA and AMWA. The report estimates climate change adaptation costs that the nation’s drinking water and wastewater utilities are expected to face in the decades ahead. According to the analysis, the cost of climate change adaptation for U.S. water and wastewater systems could total between $448 billion and $944 billion through 2050.

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