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Making U.S. Water Treatment More Resilient

Advocates for decentralized water treatment say the practice could make water networks in the U.S. more resilient.
Posted at 3:08 PM, Dec 24, 2021

President Biden's historic Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will invest 55 billion dollars to expand access to clean drinking water to families, businesses, schools and child-care centers across the U.S., and eliminate the nation's lead pipes. But Riggs Eckleberry, CEO and founder of OriginClear, a company leading a self-reliant water revolution, says this all is just a band-aid. 

"We are falling behind by 55 billion dollars every single year in America's water infrastructure," he says. "So it's great that they're doing this, but it really doesn't solve the problem because what about next year?" 

Eckelberry says the long-term solution is taking a load off of our centralized water treatment systems. 

"Start doing more treatment at businesses and farms and industry and so forth, so that the central infrastructure's load is lightened. We still need the central infrastructure. But if we don't ask it to do quite so much, that is a way forward."

Eckleberry says this would allow businesses to recycle water, something that could help our fight against climate change. 

"If people are treating their own water, they can recycle their own water because they're right there with it. It's more adaptable. If there's a big failure, it doesn't affect the entire county or state for water."