They may be out of sight and somewhat out of mind, but our nation’s water and sewer systems, which play a vital role in our society, are desperately in need of repair, as reported by staff writer Ashley Halsey III today.
In the District alone, the average water pipe is 77 years old and emergency crews tackle an average of 450 breaks a year.
And the D.C. suburbs are not much better. Montgomery and Prince George’s counties have had more than 1,440 leaks or breaks last year. Fairfax County has had 300.
To fix our ailing water and sewer systems, the nation needs to invest $635 billion, according to a report delivered to Congress last month.
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