Jackson, Mississippi was in the headlines this summer due to river flooding that caused a water treatment plant to go offline. Much of the city went for weeks without running water and even the water which was pumped was often not safe to drink.
This water crisis highlights how crumbling infrastructure across the nation is becoming more prevalent. In this case, it was a combination of poor maintenance, lack of revenue and excessive storms. The maintenance and lost water revenue created a vicious cycle over many years. As leaks and broken meters increased, the water authority brought in less money, which led to less maintenance – which led to more leaks.
Inaction is proving to be costly
Estimates put non-revenue water as high as 30% of the supply in the US. No one likes to tear up roads to repair water and sewer lines, but if we don't, Jackson won't be the only large US city with a water crisis in the near future.
Watch this news report to see how crumbling infrastructure is affecting cities across America, and how federal funding will play a key role in the years ahead.