water tankBy Mariamne Beuscher, communications intern

Water infrastructure is in dire need of improvement, especially in the West. Despite aging reservoirs, treatment plants and pipelines, Congress has been unwilling to allocate funding to improve current conditions. To address the critical need for infrastructure improvements, the Bureau of Reclamation is giving private investment consideration as a potential solution to the problem.

Critics point out that private companies’ goals may not align with the public interest and that public-private partnerships may become costly if, for example, a company goes bankrupt.

In a recent meeting, the Bureau of Reclamation solicited feedback from industry representatives on five infrastructure projects in the West that the agency says might benefit from private involvement.

To read more, go here: http://www.hcn.org/articles/who-pays-for-drinking-water-pipelines-and-other-infrastructure