With five LA-DWP drinking water pipelines bursting within a few miles of one another within the last ten days some Angelenos are starting to wonder what’s up with the pipes down below. According to an LA Times article, DWP engineers are also wondering why the number of leaks overall are down – but major blowouts (shooting out the streets type stuff) are way up.
And that could be a good thing if people pay more attention to the infrastructure that surrounds them and makes life better. In Los Angeles and in cities across the nation infrastructure is wearing out and reaching the end of its useful life. The large 62″ LADWP pipeline which failed Saturday night is reported to be nearly 100-years old.
Infrastructure falling apart isn’t just an LA problem. The EPA, WEF, CBO, WIN, ASCE and others have been warning for years about a growing investment gap in America’s water and wastewater infrastructure. The EPA says communities are under-investing by $10 to $20-billion than they should each year to replace old drinking water and wastewater pipes, as well as treatment plants. That gap will grow to $220-billion over the next twenty years the EPA reports.
Tell us below in a comment what Los Angeles should do about our crumbling water and wastewater infrastructure.
Here’s a good overview from CBS News about the nation’s failing infrastructure…