We strive to increase awareness about the importance of water and the urgency to invest

The Value of Water Campaign spreads messaging that unites diverse water advocates around this shared goal.

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Our nation’s water infrastructure is at risk. 

  • One in three The number of water sector employees who will be eligible to retire by 2033
  • Two minutes How often a water main breaks in the United States
  • 1.7
    The gallons of drinking water lost each year to faulty, aging, or leaky pipes
  • $5.1 trillion The dollar value needed to keep water, wastewater, and stormwater systems in good repair

The Benefits of Water Investment

Investing in water leads to economic prosperity, improved public health and sanitation, and a higher quality of life for all.

Better public health

The Covid-19 pandemic has shown that the public health benefits from safe drinking water and wastewater treatment are immeasurable.

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Increased well-being

If we successfully close the water infrastructure investment gap, disposable income would rise by $2,000 per American household.

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Employment growth

With sufficient investment, the 30 largest US drinking water and wastewater utilities would be able to support 289,000 jobs by 2033.

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Boost in GDP

All industries are water industries. If we fully fund our water infrastructure needs, our country's GDP would grow by $4.5 trillion.

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Bridging the Gap: The Power of Investment in Water

Our 2024 report examines two scenarios surrounding the economic impacts of federal investment in water over the next 10 and 20 years—underscoring the need for water infrastructure investments to sustain public health, quality of life, economic prosperity, and environmental integrity across the nation.

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How do voters view water issues?

In its ninth year, our annual Value of Water Index tracks voters’ opinions and concerns around water infrastructure, climate, the environment, and other water topics.


The Value of Water Campaign is supported by a diverse group of leaders from across the water sector.

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Interested in learning more or joining the Value of Water Campaign?

Reach out to Christy Harowski, Value of Water Campaign Director, at charowski@uswateralliance.org.

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