Americans ready to fix the nation’s crumbling water infrastructure


Gretchen McClain,
President of ITT
Corporation’s Fluid
and Motion Control
White Plains, NY, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — November 5, 2010 – Americans are concerned about the state of their water infrastructure and they are willing to pay more to ensure they have access to clean water in the generations to come, according to a new survey from ITT Corporation.

The majority of respondents (80 percent) said the water infrastructure needs reform, with nearly one in four saying they were “very concerned” about the state of the nation’s water infrastructure, and they agreed that government officials must spend more time addressing water issues.

Further 63 percent were willing to pay an average of 11 percent more on their water bill each month to help ensure continued access to reliable, consistent supply of clean water, while over 80 percent felt that federal, state or local governments should invest money in upgrading water pipes and systems.

According to ITT Corporation, also citing U.S. Geological Survey data, the nation’s pipes, treatment and delivery systems are crumbling under the combined pressures of population growth, urbanization and chronic underinvestment. Every day in America, 650 water mains break – one every two minutes – and these along with other leaks result in the loss of roughly 1.7 trillion gallons of water annually – enough to supply water to 68 million Americans (based on the American Water Works Association’s average personal indoor use figure of 69 gallons/day/person).

“Water is a necessity, but our survey confirms that most people take access to clean tap water for granted,” said Gretchen McClain, president of ITT Corporation’s Fluid and Motion Control business. “Indeed, water is one critical issue missing from the national infrastructure debate. Yet when presented with the facts, Americans recognize a looming crisis and are willing to pay their share to properly maintain the systems that bring clean water into their homes.”

Among the other findings of the survey 95 percent of the respondents rated water as “extremely important,” more than any other service they receive, including heat and electricity.

ITT’s Value of Water survey was conducted telephonically with more than 1,000 registered voters and more than 500 industrial and agricultural businesses across the nation.