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Infrastructure series


The cost to turn on the tap is about to increase substantially for a quarter million water users in Western Massachusetts.

The Massachusetts Broadcasters Association has recognized WAMC's 2017 news series on infrastructure with a first place award in the Recurring Segment category. You can listen to the entire seven-part series by clicking here.

Most people in America enjoy the luxury of washing waste down the drain or flushing it away in a toilet. But once it leaves the home, office or school, where does it go? What happens to it? In the latest installment of our infrastructure series, WAMC’s Jim Levulis explores the complex wastewater treatment industry.

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Lake George in the Southern Adirondacks, known for its crystal clear water, has been a summer destination for more than a century. But during 2017, the state-owned beach “Million Dollar Beach” was closed several times from June to August due to bacterial contamination. A team of local officials and advocates came together to solve the mystery of the pollution.

WAMC's Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard brings us this installment our series on infrastructure from the southern shore of Lake George.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

As anyone who has sat in construction-related traffic jams knows, there are infrastructure projects of all sorts under way across New York.  Some of the largest are in the Hudson Valley. One high-profile project is above water, while another below the surface is one of the largest repair projects for its agency. In the latest installment of our seven-part infrastructure series, WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne takes a look up, down and across two projects with a combined price tag of around $5 billion.


In this segment from WAMC’s in depth look at infrastructure series, WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports on how the largest municipality in western Massachusetts gets its water.

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WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

We take drinking water for granted: most of us turn on our faucets expecting pure, clean water to come pouring out. In the latest installment of our infrastructure series, WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports on challenges to delivering that clean water.

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Farms in Berkshire County make up nearly 12 percent of all farmland in Massachusetts – which makes the farm-to-table movement a big deal for the regional economy. Area farmers are calling for something they say is glaringly missing – a slaughterhouse.

old water pipes in Burlington
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Communities across the country are grappling with aging infrastructure and limited funding to repair or replace critical water, road and utility lines. In the first part of our seven-day series on infrastructure, WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley looks at how two communities are working to upgrade antiquated water systems.