America's Water Infrastructure Challenge

Unknown to most Americans, the United States faces today a severe crisis: a nationwide network of aging water and sewer infrastructure. In the next few decades, most American cities and counties will be forced to replace their current infrastructure with new pipes that will bring clean water to the homes of the American people.

Today’s infrastructure was installed by our great-great grandparents and great grandparents. Iron pipe served their communities then and is serving us now. True to its benefits, ductile iron pipe has a long life, is corrosion resistant, has high structural strength, and tight joints, which all contribute the length of time in service to our municipalities, as well as, utility and industrial piping systems.

Now, it is time to replace these infrastructures with state-of-the art durable and safe ductile iron products. It is time to provide the infrastructure to provide clean water for our grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Here you can find information and resources about the need to replace the current aging infrastructure. In addition, you can find what needs to be done to address this need, as well as, the challenges ahead.

“A new kind of challenge is emerging in the United States, one that for many years was largely buried in our national consciousness. Now it can be buried no longer. Much of our drinking water infrastructure, the more than one million miles of pipes beneath our streets, is nearing the end of its useful life and approaching the age at which it needs to be replaced. Moreover, our shifting population brings significant growth to some areas of the country, requiring larger pipe networks to provide water service.”

At McWane, we proudly make ductile iron pipe. Today, McWane deploys state of the art equipment and techniques to this time honored craft of manufacturing ductile iron water and waste water infrastructure.

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