Americans have the great privilege of drinking, utilizing, and reveling in safe, potable water. This drinking water often comes from the vast 1 million miles of pipe line maintained by municipalities, water districts, and privatized businesses alike. In June 2017 the Value of Water Campaign unveiled national poll results demonstrating the extreme importance of rebuilding the water industry infrastructure. 82% of Americans ranked rebuilding America’s water infrastructure as very important; more important than reforming the tax system, replacing Obamacare, or increasing the defense budget. The poll participants aggregated a diverse cross section of the American population. 87% of Americans strongly support an increase to the federal investment in water infrastructure.
The average American uses 176 gallons of water per day or 64,240 gallons a year. For every $1.00 spent on infrastructure improvement within the US, the US generates $6.00 in returns for the economy. Every job created within the water industry adds another 3.68 jobs to the national economy. The facts are endless and they support the need to face our infrastructure challenges with timeliness and poise. Every year the industry estimates 1.7 trillion gallons of drinking water are lost through aging or leaky pipes. The average pipe segment is 47 years old. With 1/3 of water sector employees currently eligible for retirement, it is critical that the water industry recruit quality personnel that will bring us into the next millennia of innovation and technology.