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Wrong-Headed Economics Stops Us Replacing Lead Pipes
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Wrong-Headed Economics Stops Us Replacing Lead Pipes

Kevin DeGood discusses why fiscal austerity on issues like the Flint water crisis harms the entire nation.

In the second half of the 19th century, water engineers experimented with drinking-water pipes made from a number of different materials. The challenge was to find something with three essential characteristics: durability, malleability and resistance to corrosion.

After years of study, engineers found something that outperformed iron, steel and cement-lined iron pipes. The material in question? Lead.

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Authors

Kevin DeGood

Director, Infrastructure Policy

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