Here’s a link to a CBC TV news report on problems that homeowners in one Saskatoon neighbourhood are facing because of the aging sewer system. Near the end of the clip, a city official talks about the hope of a funding increase at some point to fix what amounts to a city-wide problem.

Where the funding will come from, I’m not exactly sure. With vast swaths of cities across North America that were built in the post-WWII boom period having reached (or exceeded) their best before date as far as infrastructure goes, hundreds of billions of dollars are going to be required to repair, replace and upgrade roads, sewer and water lines, power grids and whatnot.  Yet we refuse to acknowledge that we need to get serious about stopping urban sprawl and dramatically increasing the population density of our existing communities to help bring the per-unit cost of providing and maintaining infrastructure down to a manageable level.

On a related note, here’s a link to a CBC report on what’s being described as a water emergency in Prince Albert where a boil water advisory has been upgraded to a boil water order after a valve at the P.A. water treatment plant failed which caused contamination of the domestic water supply. The order is expected to be in effect for at least two weeks.

And here’s a link to a Leader-Post report on four dogs that received electrical shocks while being walked past a light standard on the 22-block Elphinstone by their owners in the last few days. In the article, a SaskPower official speculates that the power connection may have “been damaged”, “corroded” or “rotted off” causing the leakage of electricity.