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Let’s Fix Our Corroded, Leaking Water and Sewer Pipelines

As the United States battles COVID-19, the federal government is considering measures to mitigate the economic impact of the pandemic.  Infrastructure spending is once again being touted as a way to stimulate the economy.  Often, all we hear about is the need to upgrade our “roads, bridges, and airports.”  But water and wastewater systems and the pipelines that are the backbone of this infrastructure are also critical to our nation’s wellbeing and the health of our people.  Clean water and properly functioning sewer systems are often taken for granted.

But like roads, bridges and airports, underground infrastructure wears out over time.  There are thousands of miles of corroded, leaking iron water and sewer pipes that are in need of replacement across the country.  Modern materials like PVC pipe are well placed to meet this challenge.  According to a study by Utah State University and its world renowned Buried Infrastructure Laboratory, PVC pipe has the lowest break rate of all commonly used water pipe materials.

PVC water pipe is confirmed to last in excess of 100 years, and this is primarily because of its corrosion resistance.  PVC sewer pipe is equally impervious to corrosion, which is why it is the material of choice for wastewater systems across North America. The American Water Works Association says the U.S. needs to spend in excess of $1.7 trillion over the next 30 years to fix our corroded underground pipelines.

Let’s make sure we include the renewal of our water and sewer systems with PVC pipe in any national infrastructure program.  It is critical to our nation’s wellbeing for the health of our people.

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