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Back to school for U.S. water infrastructure.

August 2, 2013 Leave a comment

DThe ASCE just gave U.S. water infrastructure a D.

The EPA’s fifth “Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment” report has been released and estimates that $247.5 billion will be needed to repair or replace the nation’s aging transmission and distribution systems. Peter Grevatt, Ph.D., the director of the EPA’s Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, believes that asset management is integral and states that the EPA has been working with utilities to “anticipate where there is going to be a failure rather than waiting to see where the water starts to come out of the ground.”

They are not the only ones to think proactive management is better than reactive repairs. The ASCE 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure states that “determining pipe condition through cost-effective structural assessment will allow worst-condition pipes to be addressed first, avoiding potential failures and associated risks, damages, and costs. These structural condition assessments will also help avoid premature replacement of structurally sound pipes to save resources and time.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

 

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