A few thoughts:
- The line in question was installed on or about 1920 and was designed to last up to 130 years. I read a report that this same line may have failed once before, in the 1950's.
- NEPA is notorious for wild swings in weather. We can go from 60 degrees to -10 degrees in the winter.
- The topography in Scranton is best described as "challenging", as the city basically sits on two sides a of a valley.
- The area's history of mine subsidence can cause havoc for underground lines.
- Water supply systems, like any and every form of public infrastructure, wear over time.
- Unlike a bridge or a road surface, it's not easy to check on the viability of underground water supply lines.
- This failure isn't the fault of the Mayor, the water company, the NSA, the Illuminati or fluoridation. Stuff breaks, period.
- Even with a failure every now and then, we are truly blessed with wonderfully efficient water and sanitation systems in this country. Spend a week in a hell-hole like Egypt and you will know what I mean.
Bottom line? This whole event has been horribly inconvenient for many, many people, but in the end "stuff" just happens. The outrage needs to be saved for things that we should all be outraged about, such as A-Rod and/or NSA spying.