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Water and wastewater key figures in the U.S. 2017

There are more than 14,000 wastewater treatment plants (POTWs) across the United States, serving approximately 240 million Americans. These facilities treat domestic sewage from sources such as toilets. There are some 800,000 miles of public sewage pipes, and an estimated 25,000 to 75,000 sewer overflows occur each year.

Water and wastewater key figures in the United States as of 2017

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Release date

March 2017


United States

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Supplementary notes

Data has been compiled by Statista using the following sources:
University of Michigan

*An estimated 25,000 to 75,000 overflow events occur each year.
** Dry weight.

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