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Engineer Sounds the Alarm on Houston’s Aging Water Infrastructure

We’ve all experienced a power outage for one reason or another – whether it’s a few minutes or hours. And, unfortunately, being in hurricane country, some Houstonians have had to experience being without power for days or more after a big storm. But what if you had to do without running water for that long? […]

We've all experienced a power outage for one reason or another – whether it's a few minutes or hours. And, unfortunately, being in hurricane country, some Houstonians have had to experience being without power for days or more after a big storm.

But what if you had to do without running water for that long? Fortunately, that's something most of us haven't had to endure to long. However, that's just one of many potential problems our next guest fears Greater Houston could face if major upgrades aren't made to the region's aging water treatment and distribution infrastructure.

Jim Thompson is an engineer and the Chief Executive of Global Programs for the engineering design firm AECOM. And he serves on the transportation advisory committee for the Greater Houston Partnership.

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Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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