In 2017, public spending for water resources and utilities topped $140 billion. The 2020 Census will help determine where and how billions of dollars are spent on infrastructure needs like water treatment facilities to get clean drinking water to where residents live—and to treat wastewater and protect the environment in areas where population is growing.

If your community isn’t fully counted, it could miss out on crucial investments in clean water and other investments in community and environmental well-being.