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The people of Flint aren’t the only ones who have faced an uphill battle for what is a fundamental human right. The American Society of Civil Engineers’ 2017 Infrastructure Report Card gave our national water infrastructure a “D” grade due to the rapidly decaying system of lead pipes that dot population centers rural and urban. While Michigan officials have eked out an expedited plan to replace 18,000 lead pipes across Flint, there are an estimated 240,000 water main breaks annually across the United States, breaks that waste more than two trillion gallons of treated drinking water. And of the more than 51,000 community waters systems analyzed by the ASCE, just 5.5 percent serve more than 92 percent of Americans, or 272.6 million citizens.