Tracking The Costs Of The Corrosion Epidemic
Competitive Bidding is the Solution
“Opening up the bidding process under the principle of ‘may the best technology win’ will go a long way to improving the quality of the nation’s underground infrastructure in a cost-effective fashion…Cities that have open up the bidding process to PVC pipe have benefited from the competition.”
Bonner R. Cohen, Senior Fellow, National Center for Public Policy Research, Washington, DC
“Mind-boggling” Price Tag
[...] fix the leaky pipes! The amount of fully treated and expensive potable water that we lose every day - even in this country - is mind-boggling. There is no other industry on earth that would tolerate the sort of product losses that we routinely experience in the water industry. Simply fixing our leaky distribution infrastructure would give us a lot of breathing room in some of the more critically short cities.”
Steve Maxwell, Water Market Review: 2010 Update and Executive Summary , Techknowledgey Strategic Group.
Replacement Costs Increasing
“This type of crisis management costs the utility politically and monetarily. In fact, the replacement costs have just increased three-fold as the additional costs of the emergency mobilization of work crews and property damage are included...”
Gregory M. Baird, Managing Director of AWI Consulting LLC , Water Utility Infrastructure Management Magazine , Nov/Dec 2010
The burden of old technology materials is not limited to the cost of repairing and replacing failed pipelines. It includes the cost of losing treated water from leaking systems. All told, leaking pipes lose some 2.6 trillion gallons of drinking water every year, or 17% of all water pumped in the United States. This represents $4.1 billion in wasted electricity annually. In many distribution systems, the amount of water lost or unaccounted for can be as high as 40 to 50 percent. Ninety percent of lost water costs are corrosion-related.