The Facts: Impact of Pipe Failure

Any one break is a random occurrence. Frequent breaks are problematic, because:

  • Residents don’t like shutdowns, boil orders, or street and driveway repairs.
  • The service reputation of a municipality is compromised.
  • Money spent on manpower and materials drains the budget.
  • Crew safety requires extra training time and specialized equipment.
  • Written notifications are burdensome to the administrators.
  • A water system’s limits are tested unnecessarily.
  • Water is wasted.

The Facts

In the United States:

  • There are 237,000 water main breaks annually.
  • Each day, 6 billion gallons of drinkable, usable water is lost to pipeline failure.
  • At the current rate, it will take 300 years to replace water infrastructure.
  • Over the next 20 years, it will cost at least $300 billion to replace pipelines.

In North America:

  • North America has nearly 1,000 breaks per day.
  • In Canada, it has been estimated that 80% of unaccounted water is due to breaks.
  • Canadian research teams have stated that the frequency of main breaks is the key indicator of a system’s physical integrity.

Across the Globe:

  • Two-thirds of the world is water; but less than 1% is drinkable.
  • One in five people lack access to safe drinking water.
  • More than 2.2 million people, mostly in developing countries, die each year from diseases associated with poor water and sanitary conditions.

Critical Issues:

  • Destructive forces attack water systems creating stress and increasing the risk of pipe failure.
  • Researchers agree that approximately 60% of all contamination in public water systems occurs during the repair of a main break.
  • Negative pressures invite intrusions of contaminants.
  • Nearly all breaks show evidence of progressive failure, or signs of long-term wear and tear.

Click Here to Contact Us Today for More Information.