Mechanical Engineering alumnus leads efforts to improve water infrastructure

By Teri Greene

Published: Jun 6, 2018 12:00:00 AM

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An Auburn Engineering alumnus is at the forefront of the movement to rebuild an often overlooked but vital component of the nation’s infrastructure – its water pipelines.

An opinion piece by Maury Gaston, ’82 mechanical engineering and former chair of the Auburn Engineering Alumni Council, hit the national media this week. “It’s What America Is Built On” addresses the nation’s infrastructure challenges, honing in on outdated underground pipelines that are, compared to roads and bridges, “out of sight, but they need to always be in our mind,” he writes.

Gaston, vice chair of the Alabama Iron and Steel Council and member of the American Water Works Association, underscores a key topic at the upcoming flagship conference and exhibition of the American Water Works Association, where “Innovating the Future of Water” is the theme.  

Gaston emphasizes the need for modernization of underground pipelines, acknowledging that much of the public water supply system was built about a century ago.

“As we make local and informed choices about these underground upgrades and replacements, let’s keep the long view in mind, just as our predecessors fortunately did,” Gaston writes. “Build with materials that are sustainable, strong and resilient, will last at least as long as the original choices, and have a valuable life cycle cost.”

The American Water Works Association’s 2018 conference and exhibition will run from June 11-14 in Las Vegas.

You can read Gaston’s piece here.

Media Contact: Teri Greene, tag0036@auburn.edu, 334-844-3591

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