The situation has grown so dire the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence now ranks water scarcity as a major threat to national security alongside terrorism. The current article by Sarah Ferris and Peter Sullivan, "Clean Water Crisis Threatens US", posted on thehill.com deserves your attention.
“We are billions of dollars behind where we could and should be,” said Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.), who spent 12 years on a municipal water board before running for state office. “People in the clean-water world would tell you they’ve been shouting about this for a long time.”
How many billions? EPA estimates about $384 billion over the next 20 years as the total cost of revitalizing water pipes and treatment plants.
Old pipes (pre-1980) contain lead, droughts are worsening, Congress can't agree on building water storage projects or new desalination technology - so nothing gets done.
Flint brought it to the media's attention, but like so many other 10-day wonders, the cameras have been directed elsewhere and the clean water crisis is not on today's homepage. At the end of the day, it is the local water managers who are scrambling to keep clean water flowing to your house.
Water won't be cheap much longer. Pay a little attention and read TheHill.com "Clean Water Crisis Threatens US" here. You'll get a good ROI on the five minutes it takes you to read it..