The failure of concrete-cylinder water pipes in several Maryland counties is becoming a cause of concern, especially after a 54-inch pipe ruptured last week affecting 200,000 residents in the Washington, D.C., suburbs. This infrastructure problem is something the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission must contend with in order to avoid future pipe failures, according to this article. "When the big pipes break, they break catastrophically," said Jerry Irvine, a spokesman for the WSSC. "Concrete and water are a bad mix."

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