The Odessa water outage underscores a growing problem: Aging pipes in Texas cities are getting more fragile

Texas had 3,866 water boil notices in 2021, the most in the last decade. Aging water systems threaten water supply and quality — and for many small towns across the state, they won’t be cheap to repair.

By Jayme Lozano & Ariana Perez-Castells, The Texas TribuneJuly 11, 2022 9:00 am, ,

From The Texas Tribune:

Ken Rainwater, a professor of civil, environmental and construction engineering at Texas Tech University, said a lot of factors can cause critical infrastructure to fail, and in the case of water pipes, it could be anything from how old they are to what material they’re made from. Other factors are the conditions surrounding the pipes, including the area’s climate and whether they’re buried near high-traffic areas.

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