Atlantic Street in Springfield, Mo., is notorious for water line breaks. It has been torn up more times than locals can count to make repairs on a 1925 cast-iron water main that is buried three to four feet underneath it. All kinds of weather—heat waves, cold snaps, droughts and downpours—can cause the ancient pipe to burst or rip at the joint under the patched street. A recent polar blast that lasted roughly a week resulted in more than a dozen water main breaks, and every one of them occurred on the area’s oldest cast-iron lines.
In the Victorian era, England underwent an amazing population boom. With more people came more need for services. During this time, large-scale water and sewer infrastructure were created throughout the country.
Boston—a town and small port in the county of Lincolnshire, England—nearly doubled its population from 2001 to 2011, and the explosive growth is expected to continue. Because of this, private water company Anglian Water is installing the infrastructure to support the future of the town.
The new source of water for Boston is 63 km away at Covenham Reservoir. The 200-acre reservoir is expected to provide 26 million L of water per day to Boston upon completion, while still being a supply feed for several other small towns and villages in the area.