Americans Still Getting Water in Wooden Pipes


Commenter db is right about one thing: Wooden Pipes Have a Place in the 21st Century

One would think with all the teabag protests against high taxes and government spending last week that somebody might point out where taxes actually go. Like to fix things. Like to replace 18th century infrastructure with 21st century infrastructure. And while good wood can last a long time, it is a bit third world. Who would have thought that such a thing could be ignored or put off for so long?

But according to the New York Times, they still use wooden pipes in parts of Alaska, Pennsylvania and Washington State.Michael Cooper writes about the scale of the problem:

The new federal stimulus law provides $6 billion for water projects, with $2 billion of that directed to drinking water systems. But that money is only, well, a drop in the bucket: a report released last month by the E.P.A. estimated that the nation's drinking water systems require an investment of $334.8 billion over the next two decades, with most of the money needed to improve transmission and distribution systems.

Read it all in the New York Times: Aging of Water Mains Is Becoming Hard to Ignore
More on wasting water:
Water: A Billion Gallons A Month Down the Drain
How to Green Your Water