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Bay Area's Old, Leaky Pipes Waste Billions of Gallons of Water


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Water gushes from a water main break outside a mobile home park after the South Napa Earthquake on August 24, 2014.
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Water gushes from a water main break outside a mobile home park after the South Napa Earthquake on August 24, 2014.

The Bay Area loses about 23 billion gallons of water a year because of old, leaky water pipes. That's enough to supply more than 70,000 families for a year. It's an enormous waste in a time of drought, and the aging infrastructure is vulnerable to natural disaster. After this week's earthquake, water main breaks left hundreds without water for days. What would happen in a bigger quake? We check in with water experts about the Bay Area's aging infrastructure and what's being done to fix it.

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Heather Cooley, water program director at the Pacific Institute, a water policy think tank
  • Lisa Krieger, science writer for the San Jose Mercury News
  • Steven Ritchie, assistant general manager for water at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
  • Xavier Irias, director of engineering and construction for the East Bay Municipal Utility District

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