Monday, May 23, 2005

How old are your pipes?

I suppose I should expect things like this weekend's water outage in my neighborhood (indeed - three blocks down my street) now that I live in an urban environment...and all that entails. Still...I was more than a little shocked when I read that:
"The pipe was 100 years old," said Charles Kiely, WASA director of customer service. "There was a severe rupture, and the bottom of the pipe literally broke."
Ummm....100 years old? I suppose the first question that pops into my head many other ancient pipes do we have in the city? What's the chance of this sort of thing happening more and more often as the years go on? How in the world would the city handle things if it did? Moreover...why couldn't you use a new plastic or other kind of part instead of:
searching older cities nationwide for an extension of the main pipe, known as a "Y-connector," that is six feet long and two feet in diameter.

"It was installed in 1905 and is unique to the aging infrastructure," Kiely said.

I know...I know...none of this is anything new to those who've been living in cities all their lives, particularly this city. But still...1905??


At 10:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remember, it's much cheaper to leave the pipe until it breaks than to dig up your entire water system (doubtless thousands of miles of pipe) every 20 years.


At 11:28 AM, Blogger Banjax said...

I know...I know...I'm just sort of howling at the moon a bit here. There's nothing new about these sorts of things and there's nothing new about it being cheaper to fix it when it breaks. Of course...they're not exactly fixing it...they're looking for an equally old part from another city that has a spare. ;)


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