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America’s Aging Water Infrastructure

The American Society of Civil Engineers has estimated that the U.S. would need to invest $3.6 trillion into its infrastructure by 2020 in order to increase the nation’s support systems to acceptable levels. Capital investments in the nation’s waterway and storm water systems are estimated at nearly $300 billion over the next 20 years.  Recent water-related crises such as at Oroville Dam, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, and in Flint, Michigan highlight the urgency.

This project will review the challenges in aging water infrastructure and highlight possible policy options at the federal, state and local levels for further research and/or decision-maker consideration.

Read more about the first workshop at Stanford University in February 2018, and the consensus paper that was produced as a result.


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