Remember the National Debt Clock in New York? The Uni-Bell PVC Pipe Association is taking a page out of that playbook to highlight the staggering cost of water main breaks. According to the trade association, every day, 850 water main breaks occur in North America at an annual repair cost of over $3 billion. To hammer home the incredible waste of water -- and money -- Uni-Bell has launched a new web site, www.watermainbreakclock.com, where you can track the cumulative price tag to taxpayers of the high costs associated with repairs, replacement and more. "The costs are astounding, not just in repairs, but emergency equipment, depleted water supply, traffic disruptions, and lost work time," said Executive Director Bruce Hollands. "Equally astounding is the fact that some local governments and utilities continue to use the same outdated, costly pipe material that corrodes over a very short period of time." Uni-Bell members have a stake in the issue, since they hope to replace aging steel and concrete water pipe with PVC pipe, which they say can last in excess of 110 years.
Pipe firms raise awareness of water main breaks
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