American Society of Civil Engineers: “America is currently spending more failing to act on our investment gap then we would to close it. Inefficient infrastructure is costing every household $9.30 a day”

We can’t afford any more delays when it comes to investing in our crumbling infrastructure. Americans are already suffering the costs every day — from dangerously deficient bridges and power grids, to lack of access to clean water and public transportation, to the effects of lead exposure and air pollution. Failing to make the big, bold infrastructure investments we need could cost Americans trillions of dollars and millions of jobs — not to mention put lives at risk. 

Here’s what’s at stake for Americans across the country every day that we don’t invest big in our crumbling infrastructure:

  • Inefficient infrastructure costs every household $9.30 every day — that’s more than $1,500 so far this year.
  • 178 million trips are taken across structurally deficient bridges every day.
  • 45% of Americans have no access to transit in their daily lives.
  • 6 billion gallons of treated water is lost each day due to water main breaks — that’s more than 15% of the country’s daily supply of treated water, and enough to fill over 9,000 swimming pools.
  • Every day, millions of people drink lead water — between January 1, 2018, and December 31, 2020, 56 percent of the country’s population drank water from drinking water systems detecting lead.
  • 24 million children continue to be at risk of losing IQ points because of exposure to lead water, particularly in their schools.
  • Our outdated electric grid leaves the 685,000 people who depend on electricity-powered medical equipment such as wheelchairs, dialysis machines, and ventilators vulnerable to the extreme weather events that are becoming our new normal.