Drinking water safety is a top concern for US water infrastructure, according to a Google survey

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13th September 2017 12:25 - Utilities

Drinking water safety is a top concern for US water infrastructure, according to a Google survey

Drinking water safety is a top concern for US water infrastructure, according to a Google survey: Conducted by the Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI), the survey asked the respondents about the condition of their local underground water infrastructure and what amendments they felt needed to be prioritised. The majority of those answering agreed that their local underground infrastructure was of some concern.

Out of 1,000 survey respondents, 64.1 per cent classified drinking water safety as a main concern, while 32.1 per cent believed that public officials are failing to address issues concerning water safety and supply.

Additionally, the respondents also listed the following as a concern:

·       29.1 per cent said increased prices/taxes for improvements

·       27 per cent said the water main breaks 

·       21.7 per cent said the restrictions of water use, due to drought

The 2017 infrastructure report card, conducted by American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE), states that US drinking and waste-water systems require close attention, despite high quality of drinking water.

The report also mentions that 6 billion gallons of treated water is lost every day in the US, due to leakages. As a result, each year an estimated two trillion gallons of treated water is wasted, due to 240,000 water main breaks. 

In an attempt to tackle the issues raised in the survey, a list of recommendations with regards to funding has been addressed in the report. Yet, the ASCE described the funding for the water systems as “inadequate” and in order to upgrade the existing water systems, the American Water Works estimated that “at least $1 trillion” is needed to improve the service.

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