Many regions across the U.S. are suffering from a lack of access to clean drinking water, and much of it has to do with poor infrastructure that now requires renewal.
A lack of funding for renewing these infrastructures that generally help to protect and deliver clean drinking water to homes, however, makes this a complicated item to check off the list for public water systems.
According to NPR, more than half of water utility companies are privately owned, which poses yet another difficulty in ensuring that regulations are followed across all water utility companies — both public and private.
Out of the one million water pipes across the U.S., more than 240,000 water lines break every year, according to a report from the American Society of Civil Engineers. These pipes are reaching their end, according to the group, and more regions are being affected, with less access to clean drinking water.
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