Despite the abundance of water flowing into St. Louis, the region is facing rising water bill prices over the next decade due to an aging infrastructure and lagging capital spending.
According to a recent report by the Metro Water Infrastructure Partnership, the region needs to almost double the pace at which it replaces water pipelines to reach the industry standard of a 1 percent replacement rate. Only then would it be fast enough to swap out each pipe by the time it reaches 100 years old.
The cost to execute proper replacement is roughly $34 million more a year. With the cost of maintenance and other operations, the group expects average water bills to rise to around $80 per month from roughly $30 per month over the next 20 years.