This article was originally published in Water Canada by Brenda Lucas.

Water Canada’s recent issue, “Time to Pay” [September/October 2014], carries a strong message about the risks and costs of neglecting our water infrastructure—a fact that bears repeating. Too often we’ve failed to make appropriate investments in our water systems: the “infrastructure gap” has been a rallying cry for increased funding. But rather than calling for new money for status quo projects, couldn’t we focus on less costly ways to build, operate and maintain systems? Shouldn’t we promote, provide incentives for, and ultimately require innovative approaches that reduce, avoid, or defer capital and life-cycle costs?

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