Water pipesBob Herbert

Our nation’s water systems are deteriorating, Herbert says, with some built around the time of the Civil War. Sewage systems are contaminating drinking water and many are overwhelmed by heavy rain. Rather than fighting wars, Herbert says we need to spend money to fix our nation’s infrastructure, yet politicians don’t seem to have the political will to do so. If we don’t start correcting the problem now, we will pay dearly later.

Herbert is a New York Times columnist.

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