How does ASCE define water infrastructure?

Water infrastructure includes more than 2.2 million miles of underground pipes carrying clean drinking water, more than 16,000 wastewater treatment plants, and networks of concrete storm sewers, roadside ditches, and flood control reservoirs to mitigate flooding from stormwater. Water infrastructure includes drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater.

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Talking points

  1. The nation’s drinking water infrastructure system is made up of 2.2 million miles of underground pipes delivering safe and reliable water to millions of people.
  2. 16,000 wastewater treatment plants currently function, on average, at 81 percent of their design capacities; 15 percent of these facilities have reached or exceeded their design capacity.
  3. Stormwater utilities can be found in more than 40 states but increases in urban flooding are placing increased strain on these systems.
  4. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law made a historic investment of $50 billion for water infrastructure through the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund programs. ASCE will work to ensure that Congress upholds these investments in the annual appropriations process in the upcoming year.

ASCE advocacy highlights

ASCE staff contact: Matthew McGinn - Senior Manager, Government Relations