Investing in Water Infrastructure: Accelerate Water and Wastewater Upgrade and Expansion Projects While Lowering Costs

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The quality of life of every American relies in part on a well-maintained municipal or private drinking water infrastructures and wastewater treatment systems, which are critical for public health, economic growth and clean rivers and aquifers. The U.S. faces a growing funding gap as it tries to keep up with the rehabilitation, operation and maintenance of aging water and water treatment infrastructures. The directive from water and wastewater treatment owners to consulting engineers, corporate managers, government administrators, operators in the municipal market and industrial system authorities is a simple one—continue to find ways to build new facilities and operate outdated, overextended wastewater infrastructure while much-needed maintenance continues to be deferred and systems reach the end of their useful lives. This paper offers solutions that partially offset the lack of available funding.