Public-private solutions proposed to repair decaying water infrastructure

July 2011, Vol. 66 No. 7

She advocated public-private partnerships to address the lack of government funds for infrastructure improvements. Although approximately 85 percent of water systems are municipally owned, the private sector has a long-standing record of bringing much-needed capital, efficiencies and innovations to municipal partnerships.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reported that the nation's water utilities need $335 billion in infrastructure investments over the next 20 years to replace aging water infrastructure and comply with stricter water quality standards.