Water treatment
Our nation’s water treatment plants treat sewage and wastewater for safe release, and treat drinking water to ensure it is safe for consumption. In some places these two water treatment facilities are located in proximity to one another, their efficiency plainly interdependent. In 2004, there were 21,604 publicly-owned wastewater treatment plants in operation. Advocates claim many of these industrial-scale facilities are operating at capacity or past their expected lifespan. They say most of these plants were constructed when technology was relatively primitive, water was abundant, and people and pollution were not. It is estimated we need to spend about $1 trillion on rebuilding our water purification and wastewater treatment plants over the next 25 years in order to keep up with our needs. Advocates warn that failure to do so will likely have dire effects on the safety of our water supply, saying this critical infrastructure has been neglected far too long.

Pending legislation:
H.R.499 - Sustainable Water Infrastructure Investment Act of 2015
H.R.1278 - Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Sustainability Act of 2015

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