The Western Pennsylvania region has more than 3,000 firms providing components, products and services that account for more than $5 billion in direct economic activity.
Resource recovery from wastewater is estimated to be a $37 billion market in 2015 and $45 billion by 2020 - a growth rate of 8 to 10 percent each year.
Western Pennsylvania uses 1.6 billion gallons of water each day for thermoelectric cooling alone. Without a ready supply of water, the region could not sustain is growing $14 billion energy sector.
Water scarcity is rapidly becoming the number one global resource concern. In twenty years, the current shortage of clean, accessible fresh water will grow from 300 million cubic meters to 2.8 billion cubic meters.
Western Pennsylvania is home to 500 shippers and receivers that either directly or indirectly utilize our region's rivers and ports. The 200 miles of navigable waterways and related infrastructure supports 45,000 regional jobs.