On the need for lots and lots of water-infrastructure work
August 13, 2012
The Cedar Rapids Gazette this weekend carried a story about the need for vast amounts of water-infrastructure investment
across Iowa. It's a story we know quite well within the water industry, but one that we generally have done a poor job of communicating to the public at large. Many misperceptions remain (like the one that water should be free), and we may in a sense be victims of the successes of the past -- so many systems have worked well for so long that people don't realize that there's a natural rate of deterioration that requires new investments to be made to keep everything working right. Unlike buildings that crumble and decay right in front of anyone passing on the street, the pipes and valves and pumps and myriad other components that make up the water infrastructure are nearly invisible -- except, maybe, for water towers.