The Need

Across the U.S., there is a one trillion dollar funding gap in water infrastructure to keep up with anticipated population growth. 

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen the effects of poor water infrastructure management exacerbated, leading to $14 billion in annual financial impacts to the nation’s drinking water systems.

The Challenge

Three overarching challenges prevent a strong water infrastructure pipeline in the U.S. water sector, particularly in small and mid-sized communities:

The Opportunity

Supporting Small &
Mid-Sizes Communities

Small and mid-sized utilities (SMUs), serve <100,000 people and make-up around 75% of domestic water utilities. Many of these communities, including larger, urban and peri-urban, are left behind by current water infrastructure funding.

Building Trust & Reducing

Progress is stymied by a lack of trust and fragmentation of authorities and resources, leading to an exaggerated sense of risk by outside investors.

Bridging Public & Private
Funding with Philanthropy

Philanthropy can help bring new capital into the sector by building out a pipeline of fundable deals and helping to manage risk.


year old wooden water pipes still serve some U.S. cities as their main source of water


water mains break per day in the U.S.

2 trillion

gallons of drinking water per day are wasted due to broken infrastructure

63 million

Americans are exposed to unsafe drinking water


of U.S. waters do not meet water quality standards

$2.6 billion

per year in lost water and wasted energy