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Drinking Water Infrastructure in Pennsylvania faces a required investment of $13.9 billion over the next 20 years to replace aging facilities and comply with safe drinking water regulations. Although waterborne outbreaks are low, the number of incidents has been on the rise. It is encouraging that the number of drinking water systems in violation of clean water regulations has declined. Drinking water facilities will require a steady source of funding. Drinking water systems must adopt full-cost pricing in water billing to reflect operational and maintenance costs, as well as raising funds for eventual replacement. If funding needs are not met, the state risks reversing the public health, environmental, and economic gains that have been made over the past three decades.Read the full report (PDF) Read about contributors to this report.