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Drink up – And maybe close your eyes

Some 850 billion gallons of wastewater enters U.S. drinking water supplies every year. Inadequate infrastructure is to blame.

Each year 850 billion gallons of wastewater enters the US public drinking water supply because of aging or inadequate water systems. That’s equivalent to 13.6 trillion eight-ounce glasses. The EPA says US water systems need $500 billion in maintenance and new capital investment by 2020.

Check out today’s photo gallery for more.  Today’s “What Do Others Say?” has a link to an EPA database searchable by zip code. Join our discussion below. How do we measure the value of clean water? And if we decide the price is right, who pays?

What do others say?

  • : New York Times: “Toxic Waters” More

  • : American Society of Civil Engineers report: “Failure to act” More

  • : National Geographic: “Cocaine, spices, hormones found in drinking water” More

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