ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Running water is a given in the United States, but the infrastructure that brings it to your house or business is not.

KMOX’s Carol Daniel explains the challenges of our decaying water systems.

Kurt Scoby is president of the Metropolitan Water Infrastructure Partnership, and director of public utilities for the city of St. Louis.

He says this is not a crisis now, but the problem is real.

“You’re talking about pipes that might have been installed by our great-grandparents’ time or generation, that are now needing to be replaced,” Scoby says.

The cost – $680 million, although he says all that money doesn’t have to be spent at once.

Each time there is a water main break, they try to repair that line, and Scoby deals with 300 to 350 breaks each year.

While the water that comes out of your faucet is still safe to drink, he says, what’s at stake is the availability of clean, cheap drinking water.

This isn’t a city of St. Louis issue, alone. The city of Kirkwood lost 25 percent of its water last year due to main breaks and leaking pipes.

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