Every day in the United States nearly 6 billion gallons of treated water are lost through old, crumbling infrastructure.

Much of the water infrastructure, both for drinking water and waste water, is between 50 and 100 years old and is in dire need of repair and replacement. The infrastructure is so poor that the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) rated the drinking water infrastructure with a D in their annual Report Card for America’s Infrastructure. The aging infrastructure is causing an estimated 240,000 water main breaks per year and the American Water Works Association (AWWA) estimates the cost of replacing every pipe would cost more than $1 trillion over the next 25 years.

In addition to wasting about 2.1 trillion gallons of water annually – enough to put Manhattan under 298 feet of water, the aging water pipes can also lead to a decrease in water quality. Pipe corrosion, or tuberculation, can add rust or a metallic taste to your drinking water. Many cities add phosphates, an inorganic chemical, to help prevent tuberculation, which is not removed before reaching your home or office. When water main breaks, bacteria and other contaminants, including parts of pipes, soil and water leaked outside the pipe, enter the water before work crews can disinfect the affected pipe area. To disinfect the affected pipe area, many crews flush strong chlorine solution through the repaired pipe area.

Aging water infrastructure is costly both in repairs and what could be entering your drinking water. One way to ensure you are always drinking the cleanest water available? Switching to a bottleless filtered drinking water solution.