Saving U.S. Water Systems Would Be Costly

“Saving U.S. Water and Sewer Systems Would Be Costly? Such questions are becoming common across the nation as water and sewer systems break down. Today, a significant water line bursts on average every two minutes somewhere in the country, according to a New York Times analysis of Environmental Protection Agency data. In Washington alone there is a pipe break every day, on average, and intense rains overwhelm the city’s system, causing untreated sewage to flow into the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers.” New York Times Article| By CHARLES DUHIGG | Published: March 14, 2010

State and federal studies indicate that thousands of water and sewer systems may be too old to function properly. For decades, these systems — some built around the time of the Civil War — have been ignored by politicians and residents accustomed to paying almost nothing for water delivery and sewage removal. And so each year, hundreds of thousands of ruptures damage streets and homes and cause dangerous pollutants to seep into drinking water supplies. Visit the rest of the article HERE

TEXT EXCERPT CREDITS: New York Times Article| By CHARLES DUHIGG | Published: March 14, 2010

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