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US Needs $270Bln Sewage, Waste Water Upgrade - EPA

© Flickr / Faces of FrackingBetween 2000 and 2013, approximately 9.4 million people, and 6,800 sources of drinking water were located within one mile of a fracking well, according to the EPA.
Between 2000 and 2013, approximately 9.4 million people, and 6,800 sources of drinking water were located within one mile of a fracking well, according to the EPA. - Sputnik International
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A new survey has revealed that the United States needs an investment of more than quarter billion dollars to maintain and improve its wastewater infrastructure.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — A new survey has revealed that the United States needs an investment of more than quarter billion dollars to maintain and improve its wastewater infrastructure, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said in a news release.

"The $271 billion is primarily for projects needed within five years," the release stated on Wednesday.

Key areas for investment included "$52.4 billion to meet secondary treatment standards [and]… $44.5 billion to install new sewer collection systems… and pumping stations."

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A $48 billion investment was needed to prevent periodic discharges of mixed storm water and untreated wastewater during wet-weather, $19.2 billion was needed to control polluted runoff from storm events and $6.1 billion was needed to modernize recycled water distribution, the survey advised.

"The only way to have clean and reliable water is to have infrastructure that is up to the task," EPA Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator for Water Joel Beauvais said. "This survey tells us that a great deal of work remains."

The EPA’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund has provided more than $111 billion in low-interest loans since 1987, with $5.8 billion in Fiscal Year 2015 alone.

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