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Aging Infrastructure

Volume 5 Number 2 March/April 2006

Today’s typical municipal water infrastructure includes a patchwork of smaller systems built by other entities and subsequently acquired by the utility. Many are very old, built with no or inferior standards. California’s extensive levee system was developed similarly. Most of our big dams are now 50 to 100 years old. Our water infrastructure is starting to crumble. Often, funds are insufficient for even routine maintenance, so utilities and relief agencies can only respond to disasters as they happen. And we can expect more disasters if the situation is not addressed. In this issue we take a realistic look at the problem, what can be done, and how much it might cost.

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