The weak links in our already weakened utility infrastructure are numerous to behold. In 2018 alone, three separate incidents illustrate the extent of the problem. According to a J. D. Power report, a residential gas leak and subsequent explosions in Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover, MA resulted in one death and 25 injuries. In California, power lines may have played a role in the deadly Camp wildfire. In New Jersey, water utilities in the state have amassed 226 contamination violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act.
Our crumbling infrastructure is in desperate need of upgrades, but the price tag may be beyond the government’s budget.