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.