America’s infrastructure – roads, bridges, and water and wastewater systems – are an integral part of what made our nation great. As recently as 2006, America’s infrastructure ranked in the top ten for overall quality. Today, we are ranked 25th , below many of our biggest trading partners and even some developing nations. 1
How did our infrastructure – the backbone of a modern economy and lifestyle – become so fragile? Infrastructure is complicated and expensive, but the truth is that America has not been vigilant about the shared burden of infrastructure upkeep. Our bridges and water mains are getting older, and instead of investing to keep them updated, we collectively hope the structures serving us will keep working.
The decay of America’s critical infrastructure isn’t new, but there is a crucial untold story that American families need to hear today. Infrastructure can be a big, abstract concept, despite the fact that we use it every day, but failing water and wastewater systems, including the piping that connects these municipal systems to the home, can quickly become a very real threat to individual homeowners.
This website brings a focus to the impact that deteriorating water and wastewater systems are having today on municipalities around the country and also the hidden danger facing individual American families with the infrastructure serving their homes. The bottom line is that American homeowners should take steps today to prepare themselves and protect their families, homes, and finances from the costs and damages of water infrastructure-related home emergencies.
Meet Calvetta, a 41-year-old single mother of three. Three months after moving into her new home in Des Moines, IA, she was faced with a water service line emergency.
Calvetta, who owns an in-home child care business for several families in the community, was unprepared to pay almost $7,000 to repair the leak.
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Several burst pipes sent crews scrambling to make repairs on Friday morning.
As the temperature goes down, the number of water main breaks here in Louisville goes up.Read the full story...
A 12-inch water pipeline sprang a leak over the weekend, causing some residents to find dirt in their tap water. City environmental superintendent Mark Buggins said crews worked through the night Saturday to repair the damaged section of the pipe that runs water toward the Sawmill Cove Industrial Park.“We had our guys up there late Saturday night working to replace the line ... they didn’t get home until about 8 Sunday morning,” Buggins said.
He said the leak may have been caused by blasting for the Sawmill Creek Road project that caused the pipe to shift. Scott Link, a project engineer with the road contractor, QAP, said the company is investigating, and would have no comment until the cause of the damage is discovered.QAP has been blasting rock along the inland side of Sawmill Creek Road between Whale Park and the Sawmill Cove Industrial Park. Blasting will continue until August.Read the full story...