Here’s a look at the potential costs and problems with existing water infrastructure in the U.S. from Alison Kosik writing for CNN.com. From the article:
Each day, leaking pipes account for an estimated 7 billion gallons of water, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers. Much of this is blamed on age. A large part of the U.S. water delivery system dates back to the years shortly after World War II. “Now it’s time to replace that system and we’ve got to make those investments or we’ll suffer the consequences,” said Goldstein. To get an idea of how old the nation’s water pipes are, 30% of pipes in systems that deliver water to more than 100,000 people are between 40 and 80 years old, according to the EPA. About 10% of pipes in those systems are older.
Click through and read the whole article. Thanks to Loretta Lohman for the link.
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