Article: Flint Water Crisis Spotlights U.S.’s Aging Infrastructure Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Article: Flint Water Crisis Spotlights U.S.’s Aging Infrastructure

In a Feb. 1, 2016, article for Environmental Leader, Jessica Lyons Hardcastle discusses ways to prevent another Flint water crisis.

Flint, Mich., resident Gladyes Williamson holds a bottle full of contaminated water and a clump of her hair alongside Jessica Owens, holding a baby bottle full of contaminated water, during a news conference after attending a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the Flint water crisis on Capitol Hill Feb. 3, 2016, in Washington, D.C. Williamson and Owens traveled to Washington by bus with other Flint families to attend the House hearing and demand that Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder be brought before Congress to testify under oath. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The discovery of high levels of lead in the water supply in Flint, Mich., is indicative of a larger problem—namely, America’s aging and deteriorating infrastructure. In a Feb. 1, 2016, article for Environmental Leader, Jessica Lyons Hardcastle cites the American Water Works Association, which estimates replacing U.S. water pipes alone would cost at least $1 trillion, not including the cost of removing lead service lines on private property, over the next 25 years.

In the article, Hardcastle discusses ways to prevent another Flint water crisis:

  • Involve professionals in decision making. “One important lesson to be learned from this is that important financial decisions cannot be made in a vacuum,” HPAC Engineering author Lawrence (Larry) Clark, QCxP, GGP, LEED AP+, who wrote about the Flint water crisis and legionellosis in a Jan. 25, 2016, blog post, is quoted as saying. “If all of the technical factors had been considered prior to the switch in water supplies being made, the outcome could have been very different.”
  • More stringent protocols for lead testing.
  • Increased awareness of the dangers of lead exposure.

To read the article, go to http://www.environmentalleader.com/2016/02/01/how-to-prevent-another-flint-water-crisis/#ixzz3zFpk8BhK.

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