Rejuvenating America’s water infrastructure

February 14, 2017 John Hanula

“Rejuvenating America’s Water Infrastructure” in the February 2017 issue of WaterWorld  suggests the time to act is now.

Rejuvenating America’s Water Infrastructure opens with a little known story of a Philadelphia mall besieged by flooding. The Bakers Centre sits atop 120-year-old water mains, which have broken three times in recent years.

Philadelphia isn’t the only city with this problem, unfortunately. Aging infrastructure is plaguing cities across North America. In fact, the American Society of Civil Engineers estimates more than 240,000 water main breaks occur annually.

This article provides an overview of the current situation, and includes commentary from John Hanula, director of global business. John discusses the factors that play into the “repair or replace” decision, and the importance of stakeholder communication to help citizens understand the worth of the services.

“People are willing to pay hundreds of dollars for television and premium services, but if we want to raise the water bill by ten or twenty dollars a month, we get a line of protestors. That’s why there’s a real effort by utilities to communicate their stewardship and what it takes to bring clean water to homes and businesses,” John said.

This article suggests that the communication may be working, and that the time to act is now. It seems utilities agree, with capital spending estimated to increase by 28 percent over the previous 10-year-period.

Read the full article in WaterWorld.

Content was originally published by MWH Global, which is now part of Stantec.

About the Author

John Hanula

John is an architect and civil engineer and brings three decades of experience creating value for clients. He is based in the firm’s Pasadena office.

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