Consumers may not want to invest their money in water treatment, but it’s cheaper than building a new plant and can be done with less water, a new study has found.
The study by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission found that the average cost of a water treatment project in the U.S. was $6,500 per acre-foot in 2016.
A new $1 billion water treatment plant in Florida costs $6 million to build and has a life expectancy of 50 years.
In the study, the utility, the U, and the states that participate in the water recycling program for state agencies were ranked on a list of states that had the lowest average costs for each of the 10 projects.
“There’s a lot of water coming through the system and the average price per acre foot for water treatment is lower than the average water price in many other jurisdictions,” said John Linn, the agency’s acting director of the Water Quality, Conservation, and Enforcement division.
He said the average costs of the five largest projects were $5.9 million per acre feet.
The average cost for a water-treatment plant in the United States is $6.,500 per 1,000 square feet, according to a 2017 report by the Energy Information Administration.
The cost of water-recycling programs vary widely by state, but the cost per acre is the same for most, Linn said.
The Environmental Protection Agency has a similar estimate, which is based on an average cost per 1 million square feet of treated water.
A water-recycle plant in New York costs $4.3 million per 1.4 million square foot, according, the EIA.
A water-cycle plant is used for treating water to prevent corrosion and disinfection.
In the U: $3.3 billion water- treatment project to reduce water pollution in New Jersey will cost $7.5 million, the Environmental Protection Department said.
There are also projects that could cost more than $3 billion per acre, including a $2.2 billion project in North Carolina that will require $8.4 billion in federal assistance.
New York State and North Carolina’s Environmental Protection Division estimate the cost of building a water recycling plant in North Dakota will cost about $3 million.
Water treatment projects in the Midwest have an average life expectancy from $1.2 million to $3,000 per acre.