A water main break during morning rush hour on a busy commuter route in Bethesda, Md., last month is simply one example of crumbling infrastructure in the U.S., writes Rebecca Wodder in the Washington Post. Wodder, president of the conservation group American Rivers, notes that the ASCE gave water and wastewater systems a grade of D minus. She writes that the economic stimulus package proposed by President-elect Barack Obama is an "excellent opportunity to to make the water infrastructure investments that Montgomery County and other communities around the country so desperately need."

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