By Rika Lashley, PE

Countless communities in the U.S. are faced with deferred maintenance issues for their water and sewer infrastructure—usually due to budget constraints. Piping that was placed in the ground half a century or longer ago is beginning to fail. Or worse, deposits within this old pipe have the potential for contaminating the water along its route and can run into people’s taps. Equipment installed to treat the community’s wastewater and keep the receiving streams or aquifers safe is being held together by resourceful operators, even though it should have been replaced a decade ago.