Response to Inside Philanthropy article published on October 11, 2017: “Water Systems Are in Crisis. How Can Funders Help?”
Your recent article, “Water Systems Are in Crisis. How Can Funders Help?” highlighted many of today’s most pressing water issues. Ensuring that all people have access to safe and affordable water and wastewater systems is perhaps the single largest issue we face today. Water access and safety is commonly considered a developing country problem, but that misses the reality that thousands of places in the United States struggle with similar challenges.
Consider: the average age of a water pipe in the US is 47 years. Last year alone 1.7 trillion gallons of water escaped from those pipes – depleting natural resources and placing unnecessary economic burdens on small communities. Every day, six billion gallons of treated drinking water are lost in the US alone, an amount sufficient to support 15 million households. Continue Reading