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Atlanta's Infrastructure Problems Run Below Ground As Well

We've had so much fun talking about the desperate need to upgrade Atlanta's transportation infrastructure that we almost forgot about the city's ongoing issues with its water and sewer system. Some $480 million is needed to upgrade the city's sewer system, and guess what? The city doesn't have it. So the choice is the extension of a penny sales tax, or a 20% increase in water and sewer rates in the City of Atlanta (already the highest in the U.S.) And denizens of metro suburbs won't be insulated either- the City of Atlanta supplies water to a host of small metro cities and sections of unincorporated Clayton, Dekalb and Fayette counties.

· Atlanta’s water woes spill into the metro region [AJC]