EPA says nation's drinking water system deteriorating
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the nation's drinking water systems are deteriorating and 384-billion dollars needs to be spent in the next 17 years to maintain a safe supply for millions of Americans.
The agency says the most significant expense should go to replacing aging pipes, many of which are between 50 and 100 years old.
Although upgrades are needed nationwide, California, Texas and New York need the money the most. The EPA has conducted this survey every four years since 1995.
Despite increasing needs, the EPA says the nation's water supply safety is far from being compromised.