Aging Water and Gas Pipes
Written by Physical Environment Content Coordinator   

Tres English, of the San Clemente Neighborhood, started an interesting discussion on the old NSN discussion board:

"At some point, I would like to see us approach issues like the deterioration of our aging housing stock.  I did a study for Pima County a couple of years ago, and there are a number of important issues that neighborhoods need to address collectively.

For example, almost all the houses in Peter Howell were built in the late 40s-50s.  So were the ones in San Clemente.  SW Gas is replacing the gas mains in our neighborhood right now, and occasionally they are causing the 50-60 year-old pipes to "give up the ghost" and start to leak.  My neighbor is suddenly without gas and has a $1500 bill to fix the damage.  Most houses won't fail at this precise moment, but most will fairly soon, simply because they have 50-60 year-old pipes, which are basically linear piles of rust. Most water pipes are in the same shape.  (This all refers only to the pipes in the ground.  In-house pipes are generally in OK shape.)"

New entries to this discussion can take place in the Physical Environment section of the NSN Forum. You are invited to join in.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 04 April 2009 )
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