The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently released its quadrennial “Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment” and Florida has been ranked in the top 20 percent of states in infrastructure needs. According to the EPA, Florida should expect to spend approximately $16.5 billion to maintain supplies between now and 2030. The needs are broken down as follows:
- Transmission and Distribution $10.1 billion
- Source Development $3.56 billion
- Storage $1.23 billion
- Treatment $1.06 billion
- Other $0.35 billion
This figure represents a 14 percent increase from the prior quadrennial study released in 2007, which estimated that Florida needed approximately $14.5 billion in water infrastructure investments over the next two decades.