In an alarming revelation, it has been reported that the United States’ aging drinking water systems are leaking trillions of gallons of water every year. This significant water loss is exacerbating the challenges faced by already shrinking cities, highlighting a critical infrastructure crisis that demands immediate attention. The leaks, primarily due to broken pipes and deteriorated infrastructure, disproportionately affect poorer neighborhoods, raising concerns about environmental justice and the equitable distribution of resources. As cities struggle to manage this crisis, the call for substantial investment in infrastructure renewal has never been more urgent. (From AP, read the original report)