Of the $384 billion needed to safeguard the nation’s drinking water, the most significant expense, $247.5 billion, should go to replacing aging pipes, many of which are 50 to 100 years old.
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Capital investment needs for the nation’s wastewater and storm water systems are estimated to total $298 billion over the next twenty years.
America must invest $384 billion in drinking water systems over the next 17 years to maintain a safe supply for millions of Americans.
The U.S. Conference of Mayors estimates that we need to invest as much as $4.8 trillion in our nation’s water infrastructure over the next 20 years to maintain a state of good repair.
There are between 700,000 and 800,000 miles of public sewer mains in the United States.
In 2013 the American Society of Civil Engineers has graded the nation’s water and wastewater systems a D.
Public transit reduces gas consumption by 1.4 billion gallons each year.
In 2013, transit passengers totaled 10.7 billion, the highest level since 1956.
A report on 2013 capital needs conducted by Airports Council International – North America found that airports, including both commercial and general aviation, have $71.3 billion in total projects that are considered essential by the airport and airport users.
It has been projected that the number of annual airline passengers will grow from 732 million in 2012 to 1 billion in 2027.
Over the next 20 years, 94% of the nation’s economic growth will occur in metropolitan areas.
Only two U.S. ports (Norfolk and Baltimore) are dredged deep enough to accommodate the post-Panamax ships that will become the norm when the newly widened Panama Canal opens.