RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) - The commissioner of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation says almost every town in the state needs to upgrade its water pipes, its sewage systems - or both.
Commissioner David Mears says towns should study their systems to determine how long it will be before the systems have to be replaced and make sure they have the money to pay for it.
In Rutland, for example, city officials are considering embarking on a 120-year-program to replace 30 miles of water pipes, many of which were installed before the Civil War. Many of the city's old cast-iron pipes are becoming clogged with corrosion. This summer, the Board of Aldermen will consider spending $50 million on the project. Vermont Public Radio says water rates could rise significantly in the next decade.
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