The US has more sewage treatment plants than any other country and they’re running at capacity, according to a report from the government.
The report, commissioned by the American Water Works Association (AWWA), said that there are more than 7,300 wastewater treatment plants nationwide, with about 6,000 operating as of June 30, 2020.
It was released Wednesday.
The AWWA report found that wastewater treatment facilities were at peak throughput on average in June, with nearly 3,600 treated facilities out of nearly 1.8 million facilities.
The US spent more than $8.7 billion on wastewater treatment in the first nine months of the year, up nearly 13% from the same period a year earlier, according the report.
The U.S. had the nation’s highest number of wastewater treatment sites with more than 8,500, with the most active facilities operating in the Northeast and Midwest, according AWWA.
The states with the largest wastewater treatment centers, in the report, were Georgia, Missouri, North Carolina and South Carolina.