Municipal Freshwater Scarcity: Improving Distribution System Efficiency and Tapping Nontraditional Water Sources

US Government Accountability Office

[Sen. Edward Markey Press Release] The view that drinkable water has been generally considered “reliable, cheap, and abundant” is no longer true due to a growing demand and reduction in supply, in part because of climate change impacts, including recurring drought according to a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report…  The report finds that there is a need to consider new technologies to provide drinking water in an affordable manner. It also highlights technologies that can improve drinking water availability for municipal systems and explores current technologies, and the usage rate of each of these technologies, in the nation’s municipal water systems.

“The dual challenges of climate change and aging infrastructure demand that we explore innovative solutions to address our nation’s water infrastructure needs,” said Senator Markey, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and former Ranking Member of the House Natural Resources Committee. “In order to ensure available freshwater for future generations we will need fresh ideas and new technology to address the decline in reliable, cheap, and abundant freshwater. Investments in our water infrastructure will reap gains for public health, job creation and local economic growth.”


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