St. Louis, Mo. (KMOV.com) – August’s steamy weather has ushered in a rise in water main breaks throughout the areas in the last several days.
Experts warn the water main breaks around the area should make people pay more attention to what’s happening underground to St. Louis’ aging water system.
In some parts of the area, the water system is nearly 100 years old and officials say upkeep and funding has not been adequate.
A new report from the Metro Water Infrastructure Partnership says the region needs to double the pace it is replacing water mains to have each pipe replaced before they turn 100. Officials say the cost of replacing the pipes would cause water bills to rise roughly $50 a month over the next 20 years.
Also, taken into account for repairs are the city’s sewer systems. By the year 2020 sewer bills are expected to cost $80 a month. The separate metropolitan St. Louis sewer district is under a 2011 court order to spend nearly $5 billion on sewer infrastructure fixes that keep sewage from overflowing into local streams and rivers.