From The Age:
The “Water is Your Business” site went live today, sponsored by the National Association of Water Companies and US Chamber of Commerce. It urges companies to stop neglecting infrastructure upgrades as water use for energy and electricity production doubles worldwide in the next 25 years, according to International Atomic Energy Agency forecasts.
“The water leaked across the nation every day could supply California,” the campaign says, describing a supply network that’s 30 times the length of the US national highway system as “outdated, overused and underserviced.”
In the US, most of the water infrastructure dates from the first half of the 20th century. Some pipes go back to Civil War days. The average age of a broken water main is 47 years, with almost a quarter of all water mains more than 50 years old, according to the website.
Maintenance delays mean 45 percent of all pipes were described as in “poor shape” in 2010, up from 10 percent in 1980, according to the campaign, which said the country has “outgrown” the system.
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