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What is the value of water?

Essential. Reliable. Invaluable. Water—it’s the thread that weaves together our daily lives. It keeps our communities healthy, our cities running, and our economies growing. Water is a cup of coffee, the produce aisle, better production, increased exports, and greater American strength. While essential, water infrastructure is largely invisible. Few people realize what it takes to treat and deliver drinking water every day or how wastewater is cleaned so that it can be safely reused or returned to the environment. The high quality of life we enjoy in America would not be possible without water and the infrastructure that fuels it.

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64,240 gallons

HOW MUCH WATER THE AVERAGE AMERICAN USES IN A YEAR

Source: WATER.ORG

Our infrastructure is at risk.

One of the crowning achievements of the 20th century was building reliable water and wastewater systems. Since then, public and private utilities across the country have been putting people to work to construct, operate, and maintain the water and wastewater infrastructure that Americans rely on daily. After working around the clock for more than 100 years, this infrastructure is aging and failing. In America today, a water main breaks every 2 minutes. The good news is that investment in water infrastructure puts people to work and builds a stronger America.

 

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$4.8 trillion

NEEDS TO BE INVESTED IN WATER INFRASTRUCTURE OVER THE NEXT TWENTY YEARS TO MAINTAIN A STATE OF GOOD REPAIR 

Source: AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS

Together we are the solution.

The Value of Water Coalition builds national will for investment in water infrastructure and water resources. We are an alliance of public and private water agencies, community and business leaders, and national organizations, united in communicating the importance of water to the economic, environmental and social well-being of America. With one voice, we educate and engage the public on the importance of clean, safe, and reliable water and help ensure quality water service for future generations.

 

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68,873

THE NUMBER OF DRINKING WATER AND WASTEWATER SYSTEMS IN THE U.S.

Source: EPA