The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Major Heat Wave + No Water = Big Problems

Jul 22, 2013

Thanks to some determined Washington Suburban Sanitation Commission mechanics, today’s water crisis has apparently been “averted.” Last Tuesday the water commission had warned that more than a hundred thousand people in southern Prince Georges County, next to Washington, D.C., were going to be without water, thanks to a water main break. Two determined mechanics spent 14 hours in a hole to make a water valve come unstuck, ending the crisis for Prince Georges County residents and businesses. This crisis.

But many of the largest pipes in the region were installed 100 years ago. They desperately need replacement. (It is said there is at least a break a day in the Washington area water system.)

This crisis has only been postponed to a later day.