When Pipe Dreams Become Cost Nightmares

Have you read of a car falling into a sinkhole or stalled in an intersection flooded by a water main break? A lot of people have and more will; see, pipes in the ground, rot. They call it electrolysis and it generally takes a while, but it never fails. More Bad News: U.S. Water Bills to Triple tells a bit about that.

What you should know isn’t much but you really need to know it. Mostly it’s this: all the water we depend upon comes via those rotting pipes, of which all–repeat, all–will need replacement beginning in the present and much more as time passes. And nobody has a clue where the money to do that will come from except of course, those who need the water who too often these days haven’t any spare money.

A Congressional hearing some years ago found that among our larger cities, the loss of water from underground leaks came to a third to half of production; that was a couple of decades back. The politicians have mostly ignored that so it’s undoubtedly worse now. And what starts as a few rotted pipes becomes miles of rotted pipes and them hundreds of miles and so on. We’re pretty far down that road and thanks to the governments that have put us here, broke too. But you know, these sorts of problems are already buried and infrastructure may be public but it doesn’t vote. Let’s discuss free health care instead…

So, our kids will pay for our very visible debt we’ve run up on them and for our unfunded (except by promises) social welfare benefits and now you can add this underground very real cost of rotting infrastructure. Or ignore it and become very, very thirsty at some point.

But Hell, cheer up! I haven’t said a word about gas pipes, oil pipes, steam pipes, bridges…

About Jack Curtis

Suspicious of government, doubtful of economics, fond of figure skating (but the off-ice part, not so much)
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