Water Facts from the US Water Alliance

Did you know that…

  • 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. By 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 the above-mentioned challenges, local water provision remains significantly underpriced.

As National Water Week approaches (April 12-18, 2015), please think about how we can better express the value of water in our personal lives, our communities, and our nation.