- On average, nationwide, 25 percent of drinking water leaks from water system pipes before reaching the faucet.
- The average D.C. water pipe is 77 years old, but a great many were laid in the 19th century.
- DC emergency crews rush from site to site to tackle an average of 450 breaks a year.
- Firefighters are equipped with computerized cue sheets to tell them which of the 9,157 hydrants in the District have enough water pressure to put out a fire.
Civilization is expensive, and that is pretty much why we pay high taxes.