Having access to clean water is essential to our health during this time. Whether it’s drinking water, or just clean water to sanitize as best as we can, our water infrastructure and its status is more important than ever. There is upwards of 50,000 water utilities in the U.S., and each year, about 80,000 violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act are reported. And if that wasn’t enough, our nation’s water utilities had already been suffering financial problems even years before the pandemic hit.
But despite the lack of good news involving the water crisis, we can take this negative and turn it into a positive. Water is clearly our nation’s most precious resource, and the problems we’re facing are only being exploited by COVID-19. With the next relief package in the works, a call for an emphasis in water utilities is at a forefront. The time to focus on improving our water utilities is now and only beneficial in these odd times.