Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015

Aging infrastructure

Leaky pipes a sign of big problems to come nationwide

The Bay Area's aging water infrastructure could more problems with pipes and leaks in years to come. KGO San Francisco

KGO San Francisco

KGO San Francisco

A water main break in San Carlos last week sent water shooting into the sky. The leak was so bad a nearby school closed. In San Francisco, recent storms were blamed for a sinkhole that opened up. That leak left many residents without water. Both disasters are examples of the increasing vulnerability of the aging water supply. And the problem will only get worse.

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Anti-drought bill catching a wave of interest

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

The saga of the California drought may not be enough on its own to cause the 114th Congress to fork over billions in federal dollars for new water projects that benefit the Golden State. But the story has reverberated in Texas and along the East Coast, which have experienced water supply problems, flooding and extreme weather.

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Coastal cities lagging in race against rising seas

Scientific American

More and more, parts of California are seeing an increase in "nuisance flooding," said Gary Griggs, director of the Institute of Marine Sciences at UC Santa Cruz. In just a few decades, most U.S. coastal regions are likely to experience at least 30 days of this type of flooding every year.

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