Breaking a Destructive Cycle

When one of the state’s oldest cities is also its fastest growing, there are bound to be infrastructure issues. Such is the case in Laredo, Texas, a city of 250,000 that was founded way back in 1755. Growth has put significant stress on the city’s aging — and in places antique — sewer infrastructure. “We have 700 miles of pipe in our sanitary sewer network, half clay and half PVC,” says Angel Leon, Laredo Wastewater Collection superintendent. “PVC and some new clay was installed in the ’80s and ’90s, but much of the clay in the downtown area is over a hundred years old.”

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