The High Costs of America's Aging Water Infrastructure
"Today, a significant water line bursts on average every two minutes somewhere in the country, according to a New York Times analysis of Environmental Protection Agency data.
In Washington alone there is a pipe break every day, on average, and this weekend's intense rains overwhelmed the city's system, causing untreated sewage to flow into the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers.
State and federal studies indicate that thousands of water and sewer systems may be too old to function properly."
The EPA estimated in 2009 that it would take more than $300 billion to revamp the nation's aging water infrastructure.