Kansas City, Mo., had 1,850 water main breaks in 2012, highlighting its aging water infrastructure. It started pipe replacement in 2013 and plans to tackle 28 miles a year. The city is not alone; every two minutes across the country, a water main breaks, according to ASCE estimates.
Infrastructure in the U.S. is aging and failing, and funding has been insufficient to repair and replace it, despite continued efforts to form private-public partnerships for infrastructure management, according to this article by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The sorry state of infrastructure will undermine the country's status in the global economy unless it makes more infrastructure investments, ASCE notes. "To compete in the global economy, improve our quality of life, and raise our standard of living, we must renew and update America's aging public infrastructure," the authors write.
The American Society of Civil Engineers says U.S. ports and waterways need $30 billion over the next two decades to make way for bigger ships and efficiently handle exports and imports to stay competitive. If the investment isn't made, we could see "export losses of $270 billion by 2020 and a $697 billion drop in gross domestic product," the report said.
Without new investments in energy facilities, the aging electrical grid will cost U.S. households and businesses about $200 billion by 2020, will reduce the country's gross domestic product, cause power interruptions and cost more than 500,000 jobs, according to "Failure to Act, a report by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The country will also face a $107 billion grid investment gap by 2020 if current trends continue. Drinking water and wastewater systems also need upgrades.
Idaho's infrastructure has much room for improvement and could become unstable, according to the 2012 Report Card for Idaho's Infrastructure, released by ASCE’s Southern Idaho Section. The region's infrastructure received an overall grade of C-. "America's infrastructure could use an overhaul, and Idaho's isn't an exception to that," said Greg Diloreto, president-elect of the ASCE.