Water Facts from the US Water Alliance

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.


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