Sustainable Infrastructure & Financial Assistance
The infrastructure of our drinking water and wastewater systems is aging, particularly in our older cities where some system components are over 100 years old and are nearing the end of their useful life. There is a gap in the money needed to maintain our aging drinking water and wastewater systems and what is currently available. Nationally the gap is estimated at over $500 billion.
Sustainable Infrastructure - Utility managers recognize that they may be able to reduce the need for capital expenditures and lower operating and maintenance costs through changes in facility management and procedures.
- environmental management systems and Voluntary Environmental Management Systems/ISO 14001
- asset management
- Effective Water Utility Management
- public-private partnerships
- full-cost pricing
- efficient water use
- green infrastructure
- smart growth
- financial assistance for water infrastructure
- technical assistance in sustainable infrastructure
Needs Surveys - Every four years since the water laws were enacted, EPA in cooperation with the states develops estimates ("needs surveys") both for Clean Watersheds and Drinking Water. These estimate the costs to construct improvements to water quality and drinking water facilities needed to meet water quality and drinking water standards.