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Water Infrastructure Now

This second Water Infrastructure Network (WIN) report, released in February 2001, recommends a series of public and private actions that will be needed to meet the challenges for funding water and wastewater infrastructure over the coming decades, including increasing the federal role where needs are great, public health or the environment is at risk, or local resources are inadequate.

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Clean & Safe Water for the 21st Century

This groundbreaking report, issued by the Water Infrastructure Network in April 2000, first called attention to the unprecedented funding gap faced by America's water and wastewater systems in meeting infrastructure needs. The report details an estimated funding gap of $23 billion a year between current investments in infrastructure and the investments that will be needed over the next 20 years to replace aging and failing pipes and meet mandates of the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act.

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Faulty Pipes (Food & Water Watch, 2006)

From maintenance problems in Atlanta and sewage spills in Milwaukee, to corruption in New Orleans and political meddling in Lexington, the recent history of water privatization in the U.S. is marred by underachievement and failure. Faulty Pipes chronicles these stories, explains why privatization has failed, and advocates a national water trust fund as a solution.

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Still Living without the Basics in the 21st Century: An Analysis of Gaps in Infrastructure Accessibility and Other Challenges for the New Millennium (Rural Community Assistance Partnership).

Using the US Census, the EPA Safe Drinking Water Information System (SDWIS), and other sources this report documents the population still living without access to basic water and wastewater services in United States and progress made in this area from 1950 to present--especially in rural areas. The report describes the geographic, socio-economic, and demographic distribution of those who still lack basic water services. It demonstrates some of the impacts of water and waste infrastructure on social well-being and community development, as well as some of the significant challenges in reaching those populations still without services. The research touches on the coming challenges of infrastructure depreciation, emerging threats to water quality, and affordability of service.

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How Clean Water is Threatened by Budget Cuts

Sponsored by a broad coalition of state and local governments, labor, construction, and environmental and public health groups, this report lays out the effect that cuts to the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) will have on every state, how many jobs the lost funding could have created, identifies projects that likely will not move forward and provides the percentage of impaired waters, number of beach closures and major causes of water pollution in each state.

ASCE Report Card on Infrastructure

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American Society of Civil Engineers Report Card on Infrastructure (2005)

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