The U.S. has more than 2,000 wastewater treatment plants, or wastewater treatment sites, but the number of such facilities in the country has fallen in recent years.
In fact, wastewater treatment facilities account for less than 2% of all U.s. wastewater treatment capacity, according to a new report by the Institute for Sustainable Energy, a nonprofit organization that supports wastewater treatment and waste management.
The ISE report finds that the U.,S.
could become the second-largest exporter of wastewater to the world in 2021, if we can meet our demand for water in 2021.
This would be thanks to the implementation of a water-sharing agreement between countries, said ISE executive director Matthew O’Neill.
“A new technology could help us to do that,” he said.
The report also found that wastewater-treatment capacity in the U.,S.
rose more than 10% from 2011 to 2021, despite the growing population and the need for more water in the global environment.
It found that U.K. has the largest wastewater-system capacity in Europe, followed by Germany, Spain and France.
The U., as well as the U,S., could become second- and third-largest producers of wastewater globally, the report found.
O’Neill said the global demand for wastewater could become more complicated because wastewater is more expensive to process, transport and use.
“If we don’t start reducing our water use, it will take decades to solve our water-related problems,” he told Bloomberg.