About Infrastructure

BeneathYourFeetWhat is the Problem?
Much of the U.S. water infrastructure -- the systems that treat, distribute, collect and clean water -- was built nearly a century ago.  With quiet consistency, this infrastructure has provided the foundation for an economic prosperity and quality of life that has made the United States the envy of the world, until now.  Water infrastructure suffering from age and exponential population growth demands our attention.   Without reinvestment, we are headed for a crisis.  Read more >>

Why Is Infrastructure Important?
Earth is the only known planet with water. Humans, who can last a month without food, die after a week without water. Most of us are not aware of the vast network of reservoirs, plants and pipes -- infrastructure -- that provides, processes and treats our water. As the United States developed, life-sustaining investments in water and wastewater infrastructure have ensured that clean, safe water is available.  Read more >>

How Can I Help?

  • Value water -- learn more about water conservation and preventing water pollution.
  • Read and understand your water and wastewater bill.
  • Learn more about your community’s water and wastewater infrastructure.
  • Initiate discussions in your community on the health of your community’s water and wastewater infrastructure.
  • Support efforts to maintain and upgrade water and wastewater infrastructure.


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