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Water works: Rebuilding infrastructure, creating jobs, and greening the environment

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Written by Emily Gordon, Jeremy Hays, Ethan Pollack, Daniel Sanchez, and Jason Walsh. Research assistance provided by Matthew Lewis.

This report estimates the economic and job creation impact of a major investment in water infrastructure in the United States. This number—$188.4 billion—is based on the level of investment necessary, as estimated by the Environmental Protection Agency, to manage stormwater and preserve water quality across the country. An investment of $188.4 billion spread equally over the next five years would generate $265.6 billion in economic activity and create close to 1.9 million jobs.

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