The community of Chelan, Wash., relies on wooden pipes to transport drinking water to part of the resort community on Lake Chelan. The handful of wooden water mains scattered across the country are relics from the days when water would be transported in bored-out logs. "It's kind of an art to work on wood pipe now," said Dwane Van Epps, Chelan's director of public works. "And I'm not sure that we have even the expertise to do a major repair on wood lines."

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