Despite the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009's $6 billion infusion, our buried assets are in worse shape — at least in terms of financial need — than a decade ago. In 2001, water and wastewater infrastructure earned a D from the American Society of Civil Engineers; in 2009, a D-.
Given the public's general lack of concern until confronted with a sewage-filled basement or geyser of water blocking a street, work's never boring for those of you eking more life out of collection and distribution systems without endangering community health and safety. Associations representing all types of pipeline materials and installation methodologies want to help. Many offer credit-bestowing educational programs and services, such as the: