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America's Crumbling Water Systems Hemorrhage Trillions of Gallons

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Decaying drinking water infrastructure hemorrhages trillions of gallons across America annually. This staggering leakage highlights an urgent economic and public health crisis stemming from deferred maintenance stretching back generations.

The situation proves particularly dire in declining industrial cities and rural towns, leaving behind largely poor minority populations relying on systems losing over half their water.

What's Causes the Hemorrhaging?

Ageing pipes dating over a century leak up to 70% of treated water in Detroit's Highland Park enclave as the population halved. Meanwhile, analysis suggests over 40% flows straight from Chicago's suburban mains underground.

Even worse, examined Georgia utilities register over 80% loss levels, revealed Virginia Tech researcher Sunil Sinha. Freezing weather commonly ruptures weakened lines, as January breaks in Memphis and one Arkansas community attest, but chronic leakage persists year-round.

Jackson, Mississippi's network neared complete failure in 2022, cutting off 150,000 citizen's supply for weeks. Previously it drained away nearly two-thirds of produced water from cracked pipes Hemorrhaging for years admitted federal manager Ted Henifin after emergency repairs.

"This volume wasted and expensive burden passed to ratepayers should furiously boil blood," declared Michigan's distribution oversight director Eric Oswald. His state contains numerous other troubled older cities as well.


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