Our nation’s water infrastructure, the system that delivers drinking water, wastewater, and storm water to our communities, received a D grade from the American Society of Civil Engineers. The professional association reported that a large portion of the country’s water system is in poor to fair condition and is mostly below standard, with many of the pipes in the ground approaching the end of their service life.
Water main breaks cause traffic delays and headaches for Calgary commuters. They create a big mess and keep crews working round the clock to get repairs done as quickly as possible. And sometimes, they can happen more than once in the same spot within a matter of weeks.
Water and sewer rates are increasing across the country. With pipe representing 60% of the cost of water and sewer projects, focusing on pipe material selection is the first step in helping to reduce costs.