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America's GPA: D+
Estimated Investment Needed by 2020:
$3.6 Trillion

Drinking Water  D

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At the dawn of the 21st century, much of our drinking water infrastructure is nearing the end of its useful life. There are an estimated 240,000 water main breaks per year in the United States. Assuming every pipe would need to be replaced, the cost over the coming decades could reach more than $1 trillion, according to the American Water Works Association (AWWA). The quality of drinking water in the United States remains universally high, however. Even though pipes and mains are frequently more than 100 years old and in need of replacement, outbreaks of disease attributable to drinking water are rare.

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  • Trust Fund Patches Won’t Patch Potholes
  • 05/22/15
  • Photo Credit: Michael LokeJust in time for the start of summer travel and construction season, the Highway Trust Fund received yet another short-term extension this week. Congress has “punted” once again on passing a long-term highway and transit...Read More >>

  • Congress Punts on Highway & Transit Improvements
  • 05/21/15
  •   To use a common football analogy, this week Congress decided to “punt” on finding a long-term highway and transit funding solution and reauthorizing federal surface transportation programs. In football, the purpose of punting is for a...Read More >>

  • Infrastructure Needs Crescendo
  • 05/15/15
  • Photo credit: Keene Public Library and Historical SocietyWith major delays on the DC metro during rush hour, two train derailments, and Arizona’s state report card release, 15 days until the Highway Trust Fund expires, Infrastructure Week highlighted the importance of investing in...Read More >>

  • Happy Infrastructure Week
  • 05/10/15
  • Infrastructure Week is finally upon us. To kick off the week, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx are discussing the economic impact of our country’s deteriorating infrastructure systems at “America on the...Read More >>

  • The Clock Ticks Louder
  • 05/08/15
  • With the end of May approaching and no long-term transportation funding bill on the horizon, a short-term patch will likely be Congress’ next move. If you’re thinking this is de ja vu from last summer,...Read More >>

  • Flat Funding is Flat Outrageous
  • 05/07/15
  • As the deadline to reauthorize the federal surface transportation bill nears, the measure of success for many involved seems to be maintaining the status quo. Last week, leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives began...Read More >>

  • Michigan Back to Square One to Fix Roads
  • 05/06/15
  • On May 5 voters from Detroit to Marquette resoundingly opposed the idea of a change to the state constitution invest in better and safer roads.  In an 80% to 20% vote Michiganders opted to consider...Read More >>