Bottled water can't fight fires
November 26, 2008

A fire in an unincorporated town in Nebraska last week took a lot of effort to contain and left behind a lot of damage because the town had no fire hydrants. While people often complain about even small increases in the fees they pay for municipal water service, they rarely understand the crucial role that a town's municipal water infrastructure serves in protecting life and property, from the pumps at the water plant to the water towers and booster stations in the field. While it's possible to use portable fire pumps and tanker trucks to fight fires in remote areas, municipal water lines probably look like a cheap investment through the rear-view mirror after a fire like the one in Nashville, which is just a few miles north of Omaha (yet clearly a world away in terms of available municipal water infrastructure).

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