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St. Louis area officials say more water main breaks, boil orders could be on the way

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Water departments are announcing that the St. Louis area is dealing with the effects of an aging infrastructure (Credit: KMOV). Water departments are announcing that the St. Louis area is dealing with the effects of an aging infrastructure (Credit: KMOV).
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

St. Louis area water department leaders say more water main breaks and boil orders could be in the future.

Officials with the Metro Water Infrastructure Partnership gathered Wednesday aboard the steam boat Tom Sawyer, to garner support for aging infrastructure. 

Terry Gloriod, former president of Missouri American Water, said the area desperately needs to update its water systems. If not, more water main breaks and boil orders are coming. 

"We've got 7,000 miles of water mains in the St. Louis region, and they're approaching 60, 80, some of them 100-years-old," Gloriod said.

Most water mains are only expected to last around 50 years. It's when they begin to age, that people water main breaks and leaks that impact residents. 

"You have increased water main breaks which disrupts traffic, disrupts the water supply, maintenance repairs are expensive," Gloriod said. 

But updating infrastructure isn't easy or cheap, either. It's why officials are urging support for the needed updates. 

"It's expensive. It can be a million dollars a mile to replace buried pipe," Gloriod said. "Water is valuable, and we need to continually invest in it to keep it valuable to our homes."

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