Protecting forested watersheds smart economics for water utilities, writes Gartner
The breathtaking $1 trillion estimated price tag to repair and expand our nation’s drinking water infrastructure is both sobering and compelling (LaFrance, 2013). To address this costly issue, some water utilities and the communities they serve are turning to a solution nearly as old as our nation itself—protecting forested watersheds. Increasing evidence suggests that healthy forests produce water that is less expensive to treat, transport, and store. These same forests also provide a plethora of other cultural, economic, and environmental benefits. And with real estate prices in many areas being lower as a result of the Great Recession, now is the time to protect and sustainably manage the lands and forests that supply our potable water.
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