U.S. water system on brink of collapse

After police protection, water and sewer services are the most demanded city service in America. Yet experts say that in many cities, those systems are on the brink of collapse.

NBC’s Martin Savidge reports.


  1. Ted Remington

    I watched this twice and, except fleetingly in the caption below the video, not once was the phrase brink of collapse used. Neither brink nor collapse was spoken by anyone during the video. WHY then was it in the headline of this post?

    This is the same sort of scare-mongering that we blast Dubya for every day here. Yes, we need to fix things, but why exaggerate to the brink of lie-telling?


  2. Carl Nemo

    Hi Ted Remington…

    Maybe this specific piece didn’t mention a nationwide water crisis, but it’s a fact.

    We’re broke as a nation with all of our resources having been blown on the ongoing Bushista, criminally inspired RICO enterprise known as the Iraq war.

    There’s nothing left for infrastructure maintenance, improvements and outright new construction whether it’s roads, bridges, sewerage treatment, or the development and maintenance of city water supplies.

    When these criminally inspired monsters; ie., our newly emergent U.S. politburo, full-blown with “republicrats” are done finishing off “we the people”; we’ll all be living by the RR tracks living in tarpaper shacks spearing rats with fire-hardened sticks in these “engineered” end times…!

    If you think I’m joking then you best think again.


    Carl Nemo **==

  3. bryan mcclellan

    Berkey gravity water filters, practically maintenance free. If you don’t want to wonder or worry what your municipality is doing to your drinking water check them out. This is not a commercial.

  4. Bluesman2007

    “not once was the phrase brink of collapse used”

    Good grief man. Did they really have to spell it out for you? Didn’t you see the pictures? Did you miss the part with the water? Were you scanning for subtitles that never came? You SAW systems breaking down in real time for chrissakes? That’s somewhat beyond brink of collapse don’t you think? In fact, I’d have to label it actual collapse. Duhhhhhhhh. So many people see the handwriting on the wall yet insist it’s a forgery.

    Just think about how many water systems we could fix lickety split with the billion a month (as that number rolls trippingly off the tongue) we’ve been pissing away month after agonizing month in Iraq. Think of how much antiquated electrical grid we could replace.

  5. Ladywolf55

    I don’t know what it would take to wake America up to the fact that we’re NOT number one in anything, except in our own minds. Our infrastructure is so antiquated as to be laughable. Hell, even Mexico has better. I live 45 miles outside a major US city, yet cannot even think of having broadband service due to Sprint having a monopoly on local service where I live. I hate Sprint, and hope they go down bigtime and SOON.

    However, back to the subject at hand: Our water systems need major replacement, as well as our roads. The roads we DO have fall apart way too soon because they’re not built properly in the first place. Our electrical grid is a huge joke. Most first-world countries have underground electrical systems, not the goofy poles up and down the roads, half of them falling over.

    Our citizens have no value to our government. Healthcare is non-existent except for the rich. We have more homeless middle-class than we can even count, and many of our children are starving or living on subsistence amts of food. Our schools serve what they call food, that even rats would be leary of eating.

    Wake up America. We’re not number one, in fact, we’re getting perilously close to the bottom of the list. And it’s not just due to the Bush administration. It’s been that way for a long, long time. We need a new government!


  6. Carl Nemo

    Spot-on commentary Ladywolf55…! Although you don’t post all that often, I always enjoy your succinct thoughts on various issues.

    Carl Nemo **==

  7. Ted Remington

    Repairs and maintenance are needed, according to the article and one would have to be a fool to disagree with that, having seen the pictures of the breaks in the Atlanta mains. But brink of collapse means that imminent total failure is close at hand. There was nothing in the article that either indicated that or implied that, nor could you infer from the words of the article that such collapse was imminent.

    As to the underground electric lines — This is what one electric company has to say about them:


    Please note the statement that it costs 4 to 10 times as much to use underground supply lines. Will all those willing to perhaps quintuple their electric bills for their homes please raise a hand?