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When you think about the water you use to shower and cook dinner, chances are you're thinking about the actual water and not the complex system that delivers water to your faucet.

And while water quality is extremely important, water infrastructure is a critically important issue that often gets overlooked. Pipelines can crack and fail. Valves wear out. Hydrants need to be replaced. Pumps and other mechanical equipment must be maintained and, eventually, replaced.

Just like you need to maintain and make repairs to your car to make it run safely and smoothly, your water system needs checkups and care to deliver water.

No matter where you live, water infrastructure needs to be replaced at some point. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the nation needs more than $1.7 trillion invested in its water and wastewater infrastructure by 2050.

And we're not alone in the Southwest. The ASCE estimates that amount is $11.8 billion in Arizona, and more than $1 billion in New Mexico, in the next 20 years.

That's why EPCOR has stepped up and is investing more than $500 million in the infrastructure that's the lifeline for so many homes and businesses, including yours.

Our teams in operations and engineering are continually monitoring the systems and equipment we use to deliver water to your home. We've planned to minimize service interruptions and maximize quality. And we seize on opportunities to innovate, conserve water and reduce costs whenever possible.

It's all part of our commitment to delivering quality water not just tomorrow, but for generations to come.

Sources: 2013 ASCE Report Card for America's Infrastructure
2015 ASCE Report Card for Arizona's Infrastructure
2012 ASCE Report Card for New Mexico's Infrastructure
American Water Works Association, 2012