Accession Number:

ADA409207

Title:

Future Investment in Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE (U S CONGRESS) WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2002-11-01

Pagination or Media Count:

75.0

Abstract:

According to experts from the Environmental Protection Agency and various nonfederal groups, the nations drinking water and wastewater systems face increasing challenges over the next several decades in maintaining and replacing their pipes, treatment plants, and other infrastructure. But there is neither consensus on the size and timing of future investment costs nor agreement on the impact of those costs on households and other water ratepayers. The Congressional Budget Office CBO has analyzed those issues at the request of the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. This study provides background information on the nations water systems, presents CBOs estimates of future costs for water infrastructure under two scenarios-a low-cost case and a high-cost case-and discusses broad policy options for the federal government. In keeping with CBOs mandate to provide objective, impartial analysis, this report makes no recommendations. The study was written by Perry Beider and Natalie Tawil of CBOs Microeconomic and Financial Studies Division, under the supervision of David Moore and Roger Hitchner. Many people within CBO and outside it provided valuable assistance they are acknowledged in Appendix D.

Subject Categories:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Water Pollution and Control

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE