The Water Crisis
Water Crisis in the United States
The water infrastructure in our country is over 100 years old meaning many piping systems around the country need replacing. The American Water Works Association estimates that replacing the obsolete water infrastructure in the country would cost at least $1 trillion.
Most of the piping systems in our nation are made of ductile iron which has a life expectancy of 50-70 years. In the U.S, many cities water pipes are between 70-90 years old and because of this, there are over 240,000 water main breaks a year and 1.7 trillion gallons of water are wasted.
The ASCV (American Society of Civil Engineers) gave the United States water supply a D+ because of the old infrastructure. Thousands of areas across the U.S experience lead poisoning due to lead piping. The U.S government would need to invest approximately $324.8 billion into improving and replacing pipes to ensure clean and safe tap water.
Of illnesses in developing countries are linked to poor water and sanitation conditions
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Deaths under the age of 5 worldwide is due to a water-related disease
In order to stop the water crisis, people would have to collectively donate 200 billion dollars a year to sustain water for everyone on the planet.
Roughly 2.3 billion, almost half the worlds population, live without access to basic sanitation and/or water.