Report: Upgrading infrastructure would stimulate economy, create jobs, improve water quality

Upgrading America’s water infrastructure would create 1.9 million jobs and add $265 billion to the economy, according to a new report.

The report, “Water Works: Rebuilding Infrastructure, Creating Jobs and Greening the Environment,” was produced by American Rivers, Green For All and the Economic Policy Institute.

It explored the economic benefits of investing $188.4 billion in water infrastructure. That’s the how much it would cost to properly manage stormwater to preserve water quality, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

An investment of that magnitude would inject a quarter of a trillion dollars into the economy, create nearly 1.3 million direct and indirect jobs and result in 568,000 additional jobs from increased spending, according to the report.

Investing in stormwater management programs would also clean up the nation’s waters.

Every year, 860 billion gallons of raw and partially treated sewage spills into our waterways – enough to cover the entire state of Pennsylvania with an inch of sewage. Cities discharge about 40 billion gallons of raw and partially treated sewage is discharged into the Great Lakes annually. Yuck.

The report is further proof that investing in green infrastructure would create much-needed jobs, stimulate the economy and improve water quality.

American Rivers, Green For All, and the Economic Policy Institute have set up a petition where individuals can show their support for improving the nation’s water infrastructure.

If the groups get 25,000 signatures, White House staff will review the report, ensure it is sent to the appropriate policy experts and issue an official response.

You can read the report here.

You can also sign the petition.

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