Upgrading U.S. water and wastewater infrastructure could cost billions

Oct. 3, 2014

NORTHFIELD, Ill. —A recent survey estimates $187.9 billion is needed by clean water agencies to comply with the Clean Water Act.

NORTHFIELD, Ill. — McIlvaine Company announced that the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee recently heard testimony which made a strong case that the single largest public works necessity facing the U.S. is to update and/or replace aging water and wastewater infrastructure, according to a press release.

Some U.S. wastewater plants were built more than 100 years ago, and while various utilities are keeping up with their aging infrastructure, most are not able to do so due to inadequate funding, stated the release.

The status of upgrades is continuously reported in McIlvaine Company’s North American Municipal Wastewater Treatment Facilities & People Database, added the release.

The release reported that the infrastructure needs are a combination of essential upgrades and replacements, and current technology can allow for much more efficient and economical operation.

EPA’s most recent Needs Survey estimated $187.9 billion is needed by clean water agencies to comply with the Clean Water Act, noted the release.

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