In a state still suffering under drought conditions, recent winter storms in California’s Sierra Nevada have given meteorologists reason for cautious optimism.
Aging infrastructure and high replacement costs are just one of the contributors to lead contamination in water systems throughout the country, according to CBS news. At the current replacement rate, it would take about 200 years and cost about $1 trillion to completely renew the system.
Groundwater is an essential resource around the world and researchers once believed it was almost limitless. But new research shows it may be scarcer than previously thought.
Because California’s groundwater is becoming increasingly critical as drought becomes more common in the state, the next administration should make sustaining it a top priority, according to the Public Policy Institute of California.
A bill that would improve the nation’s water infrastructure is now before President Donald Trump and, if signed, it would authorize more than $6 billion during the next decade for projects such as restoring wetlands and reducing coastal erosion.