Aging water infrastructure to present pricey problems

ALBANY – New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli issued a report Feb. 14, estimating that New York's water systems could require $40 billion in repairs and improvements over the next 20 years.

“Many drinking water systems in New York are over 100 years old and operating far beyond their useful life,” DiNapoli said. “Too many places are dealing with water main breaks, leaks, contaminated drinking water and other problems that can result in public health threats, property damage or inconvenience for residents and businesses.”

He continued, “New York needs to significantly invest in this area, or we’re going to suffer the consequences. Unfortunately, paying for these solutions presents a considerable challenge.”

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