Across the U.S., there is a one trillion dollar funding gap in water infrastructure to keep up with anticipated population growth.
Federal infrastructure funds, state funding and philanthropy present a catalyzing opportunity for many small, rural, and underserved communities to address needed water and wastewater infrastructure in a meaningful way. However, many underserved and low-income communities will miss out on this opportunity unless they are better equipped and supported to pursue funding.
Three overarching challenges limit the water infrastructure pipeline in the U.S. water sector, particularly for small, rural, and underserved communities:
Utilities that serve less than 100,000 residents people make up around 75% of domestic water utilities. Many of these communities are left behind by current water infrastructure funding and lack the capacity to access new resources.
WFX actively promotes regional strategies and serves as an expert resource, advocate, and partner with communities that are seeking collaborative approaches for community infrastructure.
Philanthropy can help bring new capital into the sector by building a pipeline of fundable deals and helping to manage risk, as well as catalyze community access to new federal and state infrastructure funding resources.
water mains break per day in the U.S.
gallons of drinking water per day are wasted due to broken infrastructure
Americans are exposed to unsafe drinking water
of U.S. waters do not meet water quality standards
per year in lost water and wasted energy