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  • By Susan Boser | Extension Educator, Water Resources, Pennsylvania State University & Diane Oleson | Extension Educator, Renewable Natural Resources, Pennsylvania State University | The Conversation

America’s drinking water infrastructure is aging and in serious need of modernization. Pipes are overdue for replacement, and water and wastewater treatment systems need upgrades to deal with new classes of pollutants. Changing a drinking water standard or adding a new substance to the list of contaminants regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency is time-consuming. Some water systems are having problems meeting current standards, much less upgrading to meet new requirements.