America’s Water Infrastructure Report Card for 2017 is in and it’s fair to say that there’s room for improvement. It’s not exactly new news to talk about the state of America’s pipelines and how millions of Americans are drinking water that might be harmful to their health, but the report card highlights another aspect of the problem – the waste.
Many pipes were laid during the early-mid 20th century and have a lifespan of 75‐100 years. There are an estimated 240,000 pipeline fractures every year and with an average annual repair rate of 0.5%, the repairs will take around 200 years to complete, by which time the pipelines will have been around for …
There’s an old gag about someone who was proud that they’d owned the same cheap yard brush for 20 years. During those two long decades of brushing, scrubbing and sweeping, the brush had only needed three new handles and 8 new brush heads. In other words, that cheap yard brush had probably ended up costing far more than a better quality brush that was rejected for being too expensive!
Bargain or Botch Job?
The same rationale applies to buying an ionizer. Buy too cheaply and be prepared to have your “bargain” repaired when it breaks down or its performance falters after only 6 months use.