February 27, 2015
Did you know…
- Clean, safe and reliable water remains a cornerstone of America’s public health system and a mainstay of our local economies.
- Yet severe drought and water scarcity continue to plague many communities across the United States.
- As our nation’s water infrastructure continues to crumble, it is estimated that we will need to spend in excess of $1 trillion over the next 20 years simply to restore our failing infrastructure.
- Each year, American households spend on average a little over $500 for water and wastewater services.
- In comparison, we spend:
- Over $1,000 for cell phone service
- $1,200 for cable television
- $1,500 for electricity, and
- $2,000 for coffee and beverages
- Despite this current water crisis, local water provision remains significantly underpriced.
As National Water Week approaches (April 12-18, 2015), think about how we can better express the value of water in our personal lives, our communities, and our nation.