Water is a necessity not only to life but to industry, transportation, and electricity generation. Yet, despite its vitality, water delivery and treatment is a utility that goes overlooked by many. Infrastructure grows increasingly older and much of the time goes without replacement.
Aging infrastructure leads to problems like those in Flint, Michigan, where a combination of old lead pipes and a change in source water lead to high and dangerous concentrations of lead in the town’s drinking water. Emergency situations like this one are costly, so prevention seems the logical reaction. But replacing old systems requires more money than many water utilities earn.
In the United States alone, the cost to replace water infrastructure could be as high as $1 trillion over the next 25 years, according to the American Water Works Association. With such a large investment needed, it makes sense to invest in advanced monitoring and billing systems to maximize the lifetime of existing infrastructure.
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