From the facilities that sanitize sewage to the pipes that deliver drinking water, Indiana needs billions of dollars in urgent water infrastructure repairs. Some of that infrastructure is more than a century old. According to Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso), Indiana was wooden pipes, lead pipes, pipes that have been in the ground for 140 years. “The best of the best utilities are on a replacement cycle of something like 140 years,” he says. Charbonneau has authored two bills addressing water infrastructure for this year’s legislative session. He has been working on the issue since 2012, writing legislation and chairing study committees.
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