Water System Costs
While reading you might notice in this article that,
” just to get our attention on what the government wants!”
“off of what is in reality really what is needed!”
“It bounces back and forth between the state and the country with pricing?”
Neat old political trickery!
Pope Frances traveled thousands of miles, (4285.630) each way, plus traveling to cities.
At the request of our Congress?
To tell all of us what the rest of the world already knows?
That it is because of Climate Changes that our salt water is raising in some area, droughts in other areas and fire and flooding in still others!
And most of this is the fault of we the Humans!
And yet the Congress of the United States of America and the state of Florida still refuses to listen to the facts!
EPA $16:5 Billion Dollars over 20 years to improve the ‘Water System in South Florida’ to account for population growth and improving the systems infrastructure?
With a burgeoning population and aging water systems, Florida will need $16.5 billion in funding over the next 20 years just to maintain its existing drinking water infrastructure, according to estimates from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
In most places across the country, the promise of clean, cheap, readily available water has been taken for granted, but that has begun to change.
Farm runoff has polluted municipal water sources, and the aging underground networks of pipes that carry water to homes and businesses rupture all too frequently.
Just as with crumbling bridges or congested highways, the solutions don’t come cheap.
We are running out of water people!
“It’s because of the HUNDREDS of WATER COMPANIES
THOUSANDS of GOLFCOURSES,
along with the above statements PEOPLE!”
Better than half of Florida does not has the use of City Water Systems!
They are still of the old dug well systems.
Replacing pipes, treatment plants and other infrastructure as well as expanding drinking water systems to handle population growth could cost as much as $1 trillion nationwide over the next quarter century. Without that investment, industry groups warn of a future with more infrastructure failures that will disrupt service, transportation and commerce.
Despite the need, the largest federal aid program for improving the nation’s drinking water system has more than $1 billion sitting unspent in government accounts. That is largely because of poor management by some states and structural problems.
But the data show Florida has been successful where others have failed, spending most of the nearly $615 million it has received on improving water infrastructure in both densely populated and rural areas.
Still, the billions needed to fix the state’s old water system presents a major funding and logistical challenge moving forward, one the state says it is addressing.
“We have communities in Florida with 100-year-old pipes still.
Old pipes cost more to repair now, and it’s got to be done over many years.
It’s a real headache,” said Tom Friedrich, a Jacksonville-based water infrastructure expert who consults with local governments.
In addition to funding projects like water treatment facilities in densely populated areas throughout the state, Florida water officials say they use the EPA’s grants to fund the Florida Rural Water Association, which gives technical support to smaller communities.
While the law allows Florida to set aside up to 31 percent of its funding for non-infrastructure projects related to drinking water, the records show the state has set aside less than 10 percent. That indicates that, unlike many other states, Florida is moving forward to fix problems more efficiently.
“Program staff is dedicated to helping local communities through our funding and application process,” Dee Ann Miller, a spokesman for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, or DEP, said in an emailed statement.
“In addition, we work hard through the legislative process and through building relationships with local governments to better leverage funding opportunities.”
Miller said Florida will also use money from existing loans, interest paid and Clean Water Act grants.
All of this action on water infrastructure is spurred by an intense need:
Florida has long relied on groundwater to fill its cup, but as the state has grown to the nation’s third-most populous, that source is dwindling.
“As communities continue to grow, the DEP shows that by 2025 we’ll need an additional 2 billion gallons a day,” Friedrich said.
Again I say!
“It’s because of the HUNDREDS of WATER COMPANIES and the THOUSANDS of GOLFCOURSES, along with the above statements PEOPLE!”