Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A friendly reminder from your crumbling infrastructure

According to the city of Tracy in this story, unusually cold water caused several pipes around town to burst this past weekend. The result, as you can see by Glenn Moore's pictures, are flooded streets and some soggy lawns.

But it's also a reminder that what lurks beneath the streets of many cities in this country is aging, and some of it not well. Infrastructure — such as water pipes, sewer mains, even bridges and dams — has a life expectancy.

Patterson, the small city to our south, is starting to tear up and replace the 100-year-old pipes and mains that were installed when the city was young.

This past weekend's breakages in Tracy are just another hint that what we've built isn't going to last forever.

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