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October 14, 2013

Think About It: Pipe Dreams

It's been a month since a quarter of a million gallons of molasses spilled into Honolulu Harbor, killing coral reefs and thousands of fish. While who's to blame and who's paying for what still needs to be finalized, the whole mess should be a real wake-up call for any industry involved in piping items in and out along our fragile shores. 

As pipes in our waters and under our roads rust and decay over the years, you would hope that experts from government, the military, and from private industry would all cautiously test the pipes on a regular basis to determine if their appear to be potential leaks, weaknesses, ruptures, bad connections, overgrowth of marine life, etc., to reduce the possibility of more spills. We know an assessment of damage is being done by numerous entities in the case of the spilled molasses, but what is being done pro-actively right now to help keep this type of spill from becoming more commonplace? And what is being done with our aging sewage and water systems to find problems before they bubble up?

As we've seen over the years with busted sewage lines and broken water mains, infrastructure crumbles over time, so testing pipes and replacing when necessary as a sensible action plan beats emergency repairs, major traffic congestion, and increased costs due to lack of foresight and committed vigilance.  The goop in Honolulu Harbor was obviously a mess, but it could prove to be a valuable wake-up call and lesson learned if action is taken on a regular basis to minimize such an event from happening again on land or in the sea due to negligence or ignorance. Think about it…  

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