May 13-20, 2019 is honored as infrastructure week here in the U.S. It's unfortunate that such an important issue is brought to the public's attention just one week of the year. This is a critical problem that we need to be more aware of and cannot ignore any longer.
I am sure many of you are aware of the situation, but would like to remind you of some of the critical issues we face and face now:
Much of the water infrastructure in this country was installed in the early 20th century. These pipes have far exceeded their useful life. The result is that millions of gallons of water are lost every year solely as a result of leakage from damaged pipes.
In 2017, the American Society of Civil Engineers graded U.S. water infrastructure. To little surprise, the Engineers gave it a grade of D+. This is even worse than it sounds. Large areas of the country received an "F."
It is now estimated that it will cost more than $1 trillion over the next 25 years to modernize our water infrastructure. While some states and communities are doing their part, it's small compared to what is needed. This investment will require a commitment from the Federal government to make real progress, one that has not yet materialized.
It is estimated that old ineffective water infrastructure costs the average American household $9 per day in increased water costs
According to different studies, there are more than 240,000 water main breaks each year in the U.S.
Water containing lead is not just a problem in Flint, Michigan. There have been reports about lead-contaminated water in Newark, Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore, and Milwaukee, all due to aging water infrastructure.
As serious as the situation is, we should note that fixing the country's water infrastructure will also produce American jobs. Thousands of jobs will be created. Because of this, money spent on repairing our water infrastructure should be viewed as an investment. It puts people to work who will then purchase goods and services that can further benefit our economy.
We should also note that waterless urinals systems are playing a significant role in helping to at least reduce stress on our antiquated water infrastructure. The estimated 35,000 gallons of water each of our no-water urinal's eliminates, is 35,000 fewer gallons that must be delivered and removed from buildings. Multiply this by the thousands of waterless urinals now installed, and you can see how significant our impact has been.
Founder and CEO Waterless Co., Inc.
For more information on ways to reduce water consumption, call a Waterless Co Specialist at 800-244-6364