Flint Michigan Sets Precedent – Our Infrastructure is Old and Not Improving
278. that is the number of zip code areas with lead poisoning levels twice that of Flint Michigan. This number will continue to increase.
As of 2019 The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) estimated the total cost of water infrastructure repairs needed is 3.6 trillion dollars by the year 2020. According to the American Water Works Association there are approximately 240,000 water main breaks annually and the annual cost to repair these breaks has risen to roughly 1 trillion dollars.
Resident complaints about Flints lead-laden water first emerged in 2003. Here we stand more than 15 years later, and the issue has yet to be solved. Some barriers to solutions are bureaucratic red tape, misrepresentation of true cost of repairs, and little to no accurate maps that telegraph where exactly all the buried pipes are located. Many would suggest that the famed Flint residents would be better off moving away. Others might say that clean water is a right not a privilege. The latter notion sounds reasonable and noble but as the population grows, the infrastructure ages, and the national debt increases the logistics of providing clean water becomes much more complicated.
Water infrastructure extends beyond just pipes carrying potable water. Other aging networks are sewers and storm drains. Chemical and contaminants of all sorts are infiltrating ground water and running off into surface water bodies. This means ground water is not only being depleted, but also contaminated further as time goes on, surface water is showing higher concentrations of inorganic contaminants, and the infrastructure continues to age. These are far too many variables for any agency to control and monitor with unlimited certainty.
The optics are bad for congress, for local governing bodies, and for municipalities when water crises imerge and fixing the water would be the obvious solution right? It just is not that simple or affordable. If you want to hold your government accountable for clean water, go right ahead. The only issue with that is you may find yourself in a crisis for 16 years like our friends in Flint.
Okay American infrastructure is a disaster you get it what’s our point?
Our point is this – you do not have to be victim to the volatile fluctuations in your water quality.
Most homes across America have either:
- No water treatment or
- A water softener
Lately we have noticed a trend. People are becoming more aware of the fact their water is not perfectly safe all the time. We see this trend manifest by an increased number of inquires in filtration systems like our BodyGuard and BodyGuard Plus which remove a number of chemicals and carcinogens.
We have also noticed more inquires in Under Sink RO Systems like our Cobalt which strips all the contaminants out of the water and delivers water quality comparable to any bottled brand.
The attitude used to be “You don’t need RO for city water, it’s clean enough” yet this attitude has seemed to shift for a few reasons.
- A growing awareness of municipalities failures to consistently deliver potable water
- A significantly decreased price point on namely our Defender RO (link above)
- Ease of maintenance – only needing to replace a filter and bulb annually and membranes every 3 to 5 years
- Increased efficiency. RO systems years ago were 15% efficient – wasting 6 gallons to clean 1. The Defender RO can be 75% efficient which means it will make 4 clean gallons to waste 1.
- Our system is more reliable than the competition. Many competing companies are using rotary vain or diaphragm pumps which are notorious for failure. You’re lucky to replace them once a year. Our RO units utilize a centrifugal pump which is truly commercial – grade and can last easily 10 to 20 years
If you are beginning to think you are a candidate for whole-house filtration or RO but do not know where to begin with product selection and sizing, give us a call! Have a conversation with a real person who is a real expert who REALLY does not make commission. Our goal is to give you control over your water quality and ultimately, peace of mind.