JUST pays six times more than any other water user in the city. Over the next 3-5 years we have projected to create over 1 million dollars of new and needed revenue for Glens Falls.
What makes this model even more relevant is that it raises deeper understanding of a growing issue facing drinking water in cities nationally and globally. The U.S. EPA projects it will cost almost $384 billion over the next 20 years to maintain the nation’s existing drinking water infrastructure.
Expanding drinking water systems to handle population growth, replacing pipes and adding treatment plants put a lot of pressure on cities and towns. Take New York, for example, where many of its pipes are a century old or older. Made from cast iron, the pipes were built to last 100 years, but freeze and thaw conditions from tough winters accelerate their deterioration. They need attention for the safety of public drinking water.
Cities and states are faced with other costs like pensions, health care, social services and debt. Rethinking the way we use and sell water creates more impact around both conservation, efficiency and repair.