May 3rd, 2010
A couple of days ago, May 1st - I believe, there was a colossal water main break in a suburb west of Boston. The main was apparently a major valve for the most of the water supply to most of the Boston suburbs. The affected Boston suburbs are now under a standing order / advisory to boil drinking water. Most all the stores immediately sold-out of bottled water inventories.
Barring any unusual circumstances such as terrorism or new equipment failure, do you suppose it was better to wait for a catastrophic failure to repair this water main system? I doubt it. (See also: http://engineeringandcommerce.blogspot.com/2010/03/rebuild-nations-water-mains-and-sewer.html)
Adam Trotter / AVT