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Houston Civil Engineers Release New Report Grading Area’s Infrastructure

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Clark Barrineau, 202-789-2853, cbarrineau@asceorg

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Houston, Texas— In a new report, Houston civil engineers have highlighted significant deficiencies in the area’s infrastructure system. Released by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Houston Branch on November 13th, the 2012 Report Card for the Houston Area’s Infrastructure (Report Card) evaluates Harris, Galveston, Brazoria, Fort Bend, Waller, Montgomery, Liberty, and Chambers counties’ infrastructure systems by categories, assigning individual sectors letter grades. Category grades included: Bridges (C-), Drinking Water (D), Flood Control (C-), Rail (C+), Roads and Highways (D+), Solid Waste (C), Transit (C-), and Wastewater (A).

“This Report Card is not good enough for our children, and it is certainly not good enough for the citizens of the Houston area,” said Clay Forister, Past President of the ASCE Houston Branch. “The impact on our region's ability to grow, attract new business, and maintain our quality of life is directly related to our ability to invest in our infrastructure.”

The lowest graded category was Drinking Water. The system received the grade because infrastructure has not been maintained or replaced on schedule and the systems are gradually deteriorating. The Report Card also found that the drinking water infrastructure in the area does not have sustainable funding mechanism in place to meet the needs of the community.

“Houston’s future is up to each and everyone one of us,” said Paul Voiles, President of the ASCE Houston Branch. “The Report Card serves as a tool for political leaders and families alike to see where our needs are and work together to find solutions for the future.”   

Part of ASCE’s mission is to benefit the public good. By using the easily understood format of a grade school report card, civil engineers summarized complex research into an easy to understand format so that every citizen can be informed and help fix their community’s infrastructure needs. 

Last week, the ASCE Texas Section, which represents civil engineers across the entire state, released the 2012 Report Card for Texas’s Infrastructure. In that report, Texas’s civil engineers awarded the state’s infrastructure system a “C” grade due to a significant lack of both long-term maintenance planning and sustainable funding.

The Report Card is based on the Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, which last gave the nation a D grade in 2009, and will be updated in early 2013. The current version can be found at www.infrastructurereportcard.org

To view the 2012 Report Card for the Houston Area’s Infrastructure, please visit www.ascehouston.org.

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