According to a survey by Xylem American say that “water is the most important service they receive, ahead of electricity, heat, the Internet and cell phones. Among businesses, it ranks second only to electricity. ”
Water has for too long been absent from the national debate on infrastructure. Hidden underground, the deterioration of our nation’s water pipes and treatment systems has become an unseen crisis. In an era of water scarcity and tight budgets, we can no longer afford to lose nearly two trillion gallons of clean water, at an annual cost of $2.6 billion, to broken and leaking pipes every year.
ITT ’s nationwide survey on the value of water details what Americans think should be done about this crisis—and who should pay for it.