Your car’s front-end alignment is only part of winter’s toll

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The Bangor Daily News took this photo last week of a work crew from Bangor Water District trying to fix a water main break on Broadway in Bangor.

Talk about a roller coaster ride — not only has this winter been a very long roller coaster ride, but driving down the road can seem like one, too. We’re now well into March, and most folks who have lived in Maine for a very long time agree that the frost heaves this year are particularly bad. The quick freeze/thaw cycle can inflict violent damage to the roadways. Unfortunately, water mains and water pipes are subject to the same violence, and we all pay the price as a result.

In a story we posted in December, we noted that Portland Press Herald reporter Randy Billings had written that, “the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2013 Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment estimates that a $384 billion investment will be needed nationwide over the next 20 years to maintain clean and safe public drinking water. In Maine, that investment is expected to be nearly $1.8 billion, according to the EPA.” After surviving the Winter of 2014, it’s easy to see why!

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