Within the United States, waterborne diseases are estimated to generate annual hospitalization expenses of more than $1 billion annually. These costs are exacerbated by the costs of outpatient treatments, lost productivity, and death . As more and more municipalities are facing the daunting task of replacing aging infrastructure that could alter the water system and spread unwanted waterborne pathogens, a deeper dive is needed to understand the effect of those water quality changes on the spread of waterborne disease and options within the federal infrastructure policy framework to improve safe water.
Cities such as Flint, Michigan and New York City have already experienced the downstream effects of failing infrastructure – changes in the source and treatment of water and aging pipes were associated with recent Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks and other health hazards. As Congress begins to draft comprehensive infrastructure reform legislation, it must address both water quality and water infrastructure issue priorities as highlighted by the diverse array of stakeholders participating in the Summit.
National Summit on Waterborne Disease
Source-to-Tap Solutions for Infrastructure Policy
Thursday, May 23, 2019
8:00 AM – 3 PM
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004