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Engineer Sounds the Alarm on Houston’s Aging Water Infrastructure

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? 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

Michael HagertyMichael Hagerty is the Senior Producer for Houston Matters. He has a degree in journalism from Abilene Christian University and has served as news director for NPR and PBS stations around Texas and The West, including: KUNR-FM in Reno, Nev.; KNPB-TV in Reno, Nev.; and KWBU-TV/FM in Waco, Texas. He got his start on the air as a college student hosting Morning Edition at KACU-FM in Abilene, Texas. A native of the Chicago area and an avid Cubs fan, Michael spent four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.View all posts by Michael Hagerty →