The US loses about 6 billion gallons of treated water a day—enough to fill more than 9,000 swimming pools. And somewhere nationwide, a water main break occurs every two minutes—that’s 770 breaks per day. The country’s infrastructure—from aviation and bridges to broadband and energy to hazardous waste and levees and more—needs serious attention. The American Society of Civil Engineers’ Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, published every four years, details the condition of America’s infrastructure based on physical conditions of each category, and required investments for improvement. Let’s take a look at just one state, Massachusetts: of its 5,233 bridges, 9% were deemed structurally deficient just two years ago; the state will accrue $12.2 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years, and the average motorist pays about $640 extra per year due to the effects of driving on bad roads, 25% of which are in need of repair. Read the report to learn more.
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