May 25th, 2010
Yet another water main break closes commuter roadway during drive-home rush hour. Do you think it was cheaper to wait till until catastrophic system failure before rebuilding this water main system?
On May 19th or so, WFME Radio 94.7 FM in the New York City Area briefly reported a water main break in some township in northern New Jersey. The water main catastrophic break was only minimal news, of course – as water main failures are quite common these days. However, this water main break forced the closure of a main commuter route whereby the traffic was forced to be rerouted on alternative roadways. So I wonder, in keeping with the apparent general consensus of the public works departments of our nations, was this water main better to wait for catastrophic failure as it displayed or would it have been better to rebuild this main on our own terms and at a predetermined time? Rebuild all the water main systems (and city streets)!!!!! NOW!!!
See also: http://engineeringandcommerce.blogspot.com/2010/05/colossal-water-main-break-western.html
Adam Trotter, P.E.