A Northwest Vision for 2040 Water Infrastructure
A Northwest Vision for 2040 Water Infrastructure: Innovative Pathways, Smarter Spending, Better Outcomes paints a picture of how the Pacific Northwest can develop integrated systems to supply, purify, and manage water that are among the most sustainable and resilient in the world.
At the same time, these systems must be affordable and beneficial to the people, today and tomorrow, who will pay for them: rich, middle-class, and lower-income people alike.
In the Northwest, like America as a whole, most communities boast water, wastewater, and storm-water infrastructure that was built last century, and was world-class when first installed. Those systems led to revolutionary improvements in public health and economic growth. But today much of last cen-
tury’s infrastructure is old, inefficient, prone to breakage, and vulnerable to earthquakes and climate disruptions. Billions of dollars will be needed to modernize our water infrastructure to serve the people that will live here in 2040.
Author: Rhys Roth
Director, Center for Sustainable Infrastructure at The Evergreen State College
Co-Author: Patrick Mazza