Failing infrastructure

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The water main break on Wednesday in the Birdland area shed light on the miles and miles of cast iron water pipes that one day will rupture.

Wednesday’s water main break caused evacuations, distress, and an erosion of confidence in city government.

Because maintenance has been deferred, basically ignored, for so long, the tab to bring the repairs to an acceptable level is at $1 billion, and some say $2 billion.

And we all know who is going to have to pay the tab.

Despite the problems the number of pipes bursting is trending in the right direction. 2004 was a peak year with 131 water pipe ruptures.

In 2013, the number was down to 90.

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