Humans tend to avoid negative facts about things they cannot see. “Out of sight, out of mind” is a common English saying.

And along comes Infrastructure.

We bury pipes that deliver water to our homes, and remove waste material from our washrooms, our kitchen sinks, and our laundry rooms. How often do you think about these pipes? Probably only when they cause problems. Maybe a tree’s root system invades one. Maybe a bad cold spell, before snow covers the ground and helps insulate, causes a frozen pipe.

These pipes are part of our infrastructure. Also included are roads, bridges, hydro delivery systems, and more. We spend billions to build them, and then try to forget them. Unfortunately, Mother Nature is hard on infrastructure. Freeze/thaw cycles, high wind storms, and ground shifting to name just three of her weapons. Just like with your car, if you do not do regular maintenance, you may wake up one day to find a catastrophic failure, and that service you take for granted stops working.

With governments under a lot of money pressure (lack of it that is) maintenance gets ignored too often. We think we can put off spending, but in the end we spend more than if we kept maintenance up.

FloodThis item in the Star does not really hit my topic dead on, but is still a reminder that our technologies and construction might pales in comparison to God’s creation. Just look up information on the energy released in a single lightning strike, or look at downtown Calgary the way it was on June 21, 2013.

It should also be a reminder that good times never last forever, and those who lived (and still do in some cases) in places of authority, making decisions as if the gravy train never stops, need to be reeled in if we are to be a mature and wise society. (think the 2008 financial crisis, that still affects us today; caused by high flying “professionals” in the finance industry)

Canada’s outdated infrastructure vulnerable.

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