Water is pretty precious in Los Angeles, but the pipes are getting old and a lot of them leak, sometimes for quite a while, undermining the pavement above. Often the road collapses under its own weight, but this time it got a little help- from a 42,000 pound fire truck.
The mayor was quick to note note that cities everywhere are a mess because of the lack of investment in infrastructure.
L.A. is not alone in grappling with infrastructure challenges, whether they're sewers, whether they're the electric grid, whether it's our roads, highways, our bridges," he said. "They are in disrepair in big cities across the country. And one of the reasons why cities have pleaded with the federal government here is precisely because cities can't pay for infrastructure projects of this magnitude without a great, great deal of sacrifice.
"We've hit a remarkable moment," said Barry Nelson, a senior policy analyst with the Natural Resources Defense Council. "The last century was the century of water engineering. The next century is going to have to be the century of water efficiency."
The price tag for ensuring a reliable water supply could be staggering. Experts estimate that just upgrading pipes to handle new supplies could cost the nation $300 billion over 30 years.