Aging Water Infrastructure: The Problem of Private Service Lines

It isn’t a matter of if water service lines will fail, it is a matter of when – and that “when” will be sooner than many think, as research has shown that older lines, made of materials such as lead, copper and galvanized steel, have reached the end of their usable lifespans while newer materials lack longevity.

Private service lines are part of our country’s larger aging infrastructure problem, one that includes a large price tag, but no clear-cut solution. The American Society of Civil Engineers continues to give the 1.6 million miles of water and sewer infrastructure “D” grades. The report on drinking water informs readers that over 2 trillion gallons of water are wasted each year as a result of an estimated 240,000 water main breaks.

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