Diamonds may be forever, but lead pipes certainly are not.
- In fact, lead pipes typically only last for about 75 years before they need to be replaced.
- Many of the water pipes in the United States are about that old
- and those aged-out pipes collectively measure about 1.2 million miles
- across about 3,000 different towns and cities.
Needless to say, replacing such a massive number of pipes would require:
- extensive numbers of hours, level of effort, and planning.
- And the kicker: It would cost about $1 trillion.
But obviously, something has to be done, because the health risk is simply too high.