Water Mains

An interesting article in this weekend’s Buffalo News about the high cost of repairing the century-old water mains in Erie County this winter. With the extremely cold weather we’ve had, most of the local water authorities are seeing twice as many breaks as usual.

Our entire area is serviced by gas lines, sewer lines, water mains, and other public infrastructure that’s a hundred or more years old. And nobody’s even planning to replace and upgrade this stuff; it’s all just break-fix to keep it together for another year. As in so many things, we’re living with the infrastructure that our great-grandparents built. Let’s hope it doesn’t all start failing at once.

2 Responses to “Water Mains”

  1. BrianN says:

    and buffalo isn’t that old and isn’t growing.

    I remember people talking about this project:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_City_Water_Tunnel_No._3

    so there is some work being done. I think LA also is building new infrastructure.

  2. Pitt says:

    It seems like every week there’s another one-way street closed down in Baltimore to repair a 150 year old water main.

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