"Deferred maintenance" proves costly for water infrastructure

01/31/2011 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The U.S. Geological Survey says that each year, water main breaks waste 1.7 trillion gallons of water, costing about $2.6 billion. Part of the problem, according to water expert Wayne Klotz, past president of the ASCE, is Americans' belief in a right to inexpensive water -- which means little money for cities to spend on maintenance. Pittsburgh wants to reverse the trend by doubling its capital improvement budget and creating a fund specifically for fixing the city's water infrastructure.

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